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Mid-South Food Bank Acquires Warehouse

South Food Bank Acquires Warehouse

Mid-South Food Bank has acquired a warehouse for the relocation and expanded operations to better fight hunger in the Mid-South. The approximately 228,000-square-foot building at 3834 Knight Road in southeast Memphis was purchased Nov. 18 for $3.6 million. 

The building fits strategically into the Food Bank’s growth projections that include expanding its present distribution of 15 million pounds of food in 2013-’14 to 25 million pounds annually by 2018. 

Current operations are based out of two dilapidated warehouses. Both the facility at 239 Dudley and second one at 1269 Heistan Place are more than 30 years old. 

Mid-South Food Bank President and CEO Estella Mayhue-Greer said maintaining operations from the organization’s current sites are both cost-prohibitive due to ongoing maintenance costs and restrictive due to limited space. 

“Food insecurity in the Mid-South and related challenges are not slowing down,” she said. “In order for the Food Bank to keep pace, we must operate in a more efficient manner.” 

There are approximately 416,000 people in the Mid-South Food Bank’s service area in 31 counties who face food insecurity. The Food Bank’s 300 programs, including providing food to 201 Partner Agencies, distribute food to almost half of that population annually. 

The decision to purchase the property was timely, based on changing market conditions. 

“The Food Bank has been looking at property for three years. The timing of purchasing the property was appropriate because we were able to acquire it at an incredible price,” Mayhue-Greer said.