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Legislators Offer Up $3M for 2nd Harvest Expansion in Pasco

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Big things are happening in Pasco for 2nd Harvest. After their brand new food distribution center opened last year, an expansion is now in the works. Big things are happening in Pasco for 2nd Harvest. After their brand new food distribution center opened last year, an expansion is now in the works.

PASCO, WA - Big things are happening in Pasco for 2nd Harvest. After their brand new food distribution center opened last year, an expansion is now in the works.

The 14,000 square foot building that is currently standing was a feat in itself. More than 200 people donated upwards of 10,000 hours to build it. Now, 2nd Harvest is expanding the already impressive facility to a total of 40,000 square feet.

Workers broke ground earlier this month. Lawmakers are supporting the latest move with $3 million in a state capital grant.

The new building will house a bigger refrigeration area, dry storage and a volunteer center complete with a food sorting area and potato-bagging machine.

"Bottom line, I felt so good about pushing for this state funding because I know this is going to change lives," said (R) Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry.

"We're honored by the support of our legislators and by the general community in terms of our ability to distribute much more food to hungry families. Tri-Cities is known as a generous community and it's great to see everybody coming together in support of this very important project," said 2nd Harvest spokesperson Jean Tucker.

The larger facility will allow 2nd Harvest to increase their food distribution to nine million pounds a year.

Construction on the site should be complete in summer 2014, just in time for the fall harvest season.
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