Community Food Bank Building
Mr. Roy Porter - Las Vegas HUD Senior Community Development
new facility is located on Pecos Road and East Craig Road, almost
adjacent to Interstate 15 and the Craig Road exit. The tilt-up concrete
structure is located in an industrial zoned area and consists of
3,500 square feet of office and the balance is rack and warehouse
space. The building has eight loading docks for big trucks and two
drive in ramps for other non-profit agencies to pick up the food.
Food Bank Exterior
Community Development Block Grant program is an anti-poverty program
designed to improve the living conditions of low and moderate income
people. Developing this Community Food Bank warehouse is definitely
in line with this mission, as feeding people is critical if we are
to help them achieve their full potential. Commissioner Gates put
this succinctly at the dedication when she said: �Providing food
to hungry people is the first step in any anti-poverty program.
Hungry children do not do well in school. They get sick more often,
and generally are focused on survival instead of higher-level pursuits.
Feeding people first is thus good public policy and creates the
possibility of success for all other initiatives.�
banks are �win-win� arrangements that represent a positive partnership
between the private and the nonprofit sectors. In making a donation
of food or surplus items, the private sector donor can get a tax
write-off and the nonprofit food bank receives the donated items.
The food bank in turn temporarily stores and then sells the donated
food at cents on the dollar to another nonprofit agency that directly
provides the food to the hungry. The food bank uses these proceeds
to cover their costs of operation (utilities, maintenance, staff
costs, etc.) The larger society benefits as the hungry get fed and
our landfills are not prematurely filled with cans of surplus food
that still have nutritional value.