By Joshua Cole Little
LUBBOCK, TX--- The South Plains Food Bank broke ground today on what will be soon be the location of their new Talkington Distribution center on 56th Street and MLK.
A 9.8 million dollar grant from the Talkington Foundation is funding the project. The newer and bigger facility will be able to handle all of their programs and operations from one central location, even be able to process and hold more food, that their previous locations have not.
"We've just outgrown the faciliites," said David Weaver, CEO of South Plains Food Bank. "We've added on and added on and added on, we also have a satelite warehouse, we have another kitchen where we do our kids cafe program."
Weaver says they started working with the Talkington Foundation over a year ago.
"This will make us more effective and be able to touch people in so many different ways," said Weaver.
But while they're thankful for the helping hand, Weaver remembers its all for the more than 84 thousand people they help each year.
"I remember I was at the food bank the other day," said Weaver. "One lady just stopped me... She said no I really want to thank you because you don't know what this means to me and my family. We couldn't do it if we didnt have a community that cares and pulls together and says you know we want to help you."
The South Plains Food Bank hopes to have their new distribution center at 56th and mlk open by the middle of 2015.