We are outgrowing our current set up. We have a small storage room at the Civic Center with 2 1/2 walls of built in shelves for non perishable food, 4 upright refrigerators, 2 upright freezers, 4 rolling large rolling carts and several platforms on wheels that allow us to store in a small room but move out into the main area of the Civic Center on distribution days.
Food is also stored in our warehouse, a building rented from the Selah School District. We use the Selah Food Bank truck to replenish and add food choices from our warehouse on distribution day. Our warehouse has 3 upright refrigerators and 7 large chest freezers and also stores the majority of our non-perishable food.
Establishing the Selah Naches Food Bank as an independent non profit with its own permanent building will allow us to expand the days of operation and the hours we can be open so that we can be of further service to the community.
The new building will give us a distribution center that is large enough to hold all our produce, refrigerated foods, frozen foods and non perishable foods in one place, thus reducing the amount of time volunteers currently have to work to transport food to the distribution center, reduce repeated handling of the food and have food set out in large permanent display areas with permanent shelves as well as good refrigerator and freezer access for clients.
The new facility will look and operate much like a grocery store setting where recipients can walk through and choose foods they need.