Harvest Regional Food Bank broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art commercial freezer space on Monday that will allow the food bank to provide more fresh and frozen foods to families in need.

Thanks to the generous support of the Horace C. Cabe Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the CHRISTUS Fund, Ledwell Machinery, and other generous donors, the new unit will double the size of the cooling space currently available and will increase capacity to receive and distribute frozen and perishable foods.

“Construction of a commercial freezer is much needed and will allow us to accept more, as well as larger, donations of fresh produce, meat and dairy products,” said Camille Wrinkle, Harvest Regional Food Bank Executive Director. “This additional space will create systematic change for the better and allow us to deliver nutritious food to even more people throughout southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas.”

According to a recent “Map the Meal Gap” study there are 60,000 individuals struggling with hunger in southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas. The new freezer space will allow the food bank to distribute more nutritious foods to those in need.

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