Centre County Food Bank Finds New Home

By Mallory Lane

Published 07/15 2014 05:18PM

Updated 07/15 2014 05:37PM

BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY - A Centre County food bank is expanding and they're getting some help along the way.

The FaithCentre Food Bank is now in its own separate building in downtown Bellefonte and it's making life a little easier for a lot of people.

"We're serving about 800 people a month out of the food bank," FaithCentre Executive Director Nicole Summers said. "We simply could not fit into just one building anymore."

If you've been to downtown Bellefonte, you probably recognize the building that houses the original FaithCentre Food Bank.

Now, it sits just a few doors down.

"It was really crowded," Summers said. "Now, the people we serve are saying, gosh, this is really comfortable."

It's a move Summers calls necessary and one she's relieved about.

"About a year ago, we went through this very drawn out process in purchasing this building," she said. "Then, we had to spend about $40,000 renovating it."

"I think the community is excited about this," Director of Centre Foundation Molly Kunkel said.

Kunkel and the Centre Foundation are excited about the expansion, too. They're showing their support in a big way, with a $10,000 grant on behalf of the Margaret Schreffler Fund.

"The fund she created at Centre Foundation supports activities and services for seniors," Kunkel said. "The FaithCentre has a large population of seniors who use the food bank and other services there."

Besides adding more physical space, Summers said the expansion is also helping the FaithCentre expand their programming.

"We have a nutrition and education program we're launching in August and a whole new wellness initiative that will be operating out of this building starting in September," Summers said. "It's really opened up possibilities for us."

For more information about FaithCentre and what services they offer, visit their website.

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