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Second Harvest Food Bank expands facility

Members of the donor community attended the groundbreaking of Second Harvest Food Bank's expansion. From left to right are Kenneth Leonczyk and Jan Gilbreath of SunTrust Bank, Kay Carter of Second Harvest, Howard and Joy Levine, Rod Antolock and Tommy Franklin of Harris Teeter, Christy Phillips-Brown from Food Lion, and Patrick Brady and Mike Restaino of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Christy Bostic of Leon Levine Foundation. Photo courtesty of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Members of the donor community attended the groundbreaking of Second Harvest Food Bank’s expansion. From left to right are Kenneth Leonczyk and Jan Gilbreath of SunTrust Bank, Kay Carter of Second Harvest, Howard and Joy Levine, Rod Antolock and Tommy Franklin of Harris Teeter, Christy Phillips-Brown from Food Lion, Patrick Brady and Mike Restaino of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Christy Bostic of Leon Levine Foundation. Photo courtesty of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina broke ground Monday on an $11.5 million expansion of its Spratt Street facility north of Uptown.

The expansion will double the size of the existing facility by adding a dry storage space, tractor-trailer docks, a recycling center, freezer space, and a volunteer center.

The project is slated for completion next spring.

“This is truly one of the most exciting days in the history of the Food Bank and all of the credit goes to local individuals, corporations and foundations who have stepped up to send a clear message that ending hunger needs to be a top priority in our region”, said Second Harvest Chief Executive Kay Carter in a written statement.

Second Harvest said many local organizations played a big role in funding the project, including Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Howard R. Levine Foundation, Leon Levine Foundation, Novant Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and the Cannon Foundation.

To assist those in need, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina supplies a network of almost 650 nonprofit agencies in 19 counties with food and essential grocery products, and provides education and advocacy and forms partnerships to eliminate hunger.

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