YAKIMA, Wash. – Northwest Harvest nearly doubled the size of their food distribution warehouse in Yakima to meet an increasing demand for fresh produce and high-nutrition items in Central Washington.
Northwest Harvest signed a lease agreement earlier this year to increase the amount of square footage they rent in Yakima from 11,000 square feet to more than 20,000.
Northwest Harvest works with 60 food banks, meal programs and high-needs schools in the Yakima area. Since 2008, the non-profit food bank distributor has doubled the amount of food distributed through the Yakima warehouse.
“The need here is as high as anywhere in the state,” said Shelley Rotondo, Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Harvest.
Rotondo said the organization plans to scale to fill the space quickly and provide several benefits:
- Create a dedicated volunteer space.
- Increase the amount of space available for dry, non-perishable food.
- Add a chill room to better accommodate fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Increase the number of parking spots for volunteers and staff.
- Increase safety for semi-truck drivers and make the property easier to navigate for large trucks.
Rotondo noted that Washington currently ranks as the 15th hungriest state in the country. 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger in Washington, according to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Media coverage links:
- Yakima Herald: http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/latestlocalnews/1681220-8/videophotos-northwest-harvest-to-show-off-expanded-warehouse
- KIMA-TV: http://www.kimatv.com/home/video/Northwest-Harvest-expansion-allows-for-more-food-volunteers-232948581.html
- KNDO TV: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/53626035/ns/local_news-yakima_wa/t/northwest-harvest-shows-bigger-warehouse-yakima/
- KAPP-TV: http://www.kapptv.com/article/2013/nov/21/more-room-serve/