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Food Resources needs money for new building

June 17, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

The $200,000 capital campaign for a new Food Resources Inc. warehouse has taken in $55,000 so far, according to officials.

The warehouse will be built on partially donated land in an industrial park off Hump Road, according to an announcement made Tuesday at the current headquarters at 930-A Eldridge Drive.

The planned 10,000-square-foot building will be owned by the nonprofit corporation, which faces a big jump in rent in December, said Brad Sell, executive director.

Construction is to begin in August and the building is to be ready for occupancy by the end of the year, Sell said.

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"We are paying $2,000 a month rent. ... If that goes up to $3,000, there will have to be $12,000 more a year going to rent instead of food," Sell said.

That extra $12,000 would buy 114,285 pounds of food for Washington County's needy, Sell said.

Food Resources board members decided it was time to build a new, more convenient building.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $370,000, with $200,000 as the campaign goal. Bank financing has been secured, contingent upon a successful campaign, Sell said.

The land is owned by Richard McCleary, who will partially donate the property. The construction firm McCleary and Earley will build the warehouse, Sell said.

"This is a very important event in our community, especially for people who get to have a meal because of this agency," said Richard W. Phoebus, chairman of the Feed The Need campaign.

Businesses and individuals are being solicited for contributions.

Food Resources Inc. is the area's nonprofit food warehouse from which 55 other member agencies can obtain food for their programs.

Now in its 10th year, Food Resources started out as part of the Community Action Council. It became independent in 1991.

Food Resources gets 35 percent to 45 percent of its food through the Maryland Food Bank. It also serves as a channel for donated food it receives from area manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.

It also collects food from food drives or buys food in bulk and stores it at the warehouse.

A United Way member since 1991, Food Resources is supported through shared maintenance fees paid by member agencies and through contributions and grants.

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