BENTON CITY, Wash. - After years of waiting, Benton City will finally get a food bank of their own.
The planning for this new facility has been in the works for about twenty years now. Until the groundbreaking this afternoon, the food bank in Benton City has been operating out of churches or other locations.
Now, with a large grant from the State of Washington, backed by Shirley Hankins as well as other donations from Battelle, the Tri-Cities Food Bank now has enough money for a building of their own.
The Executive Director of the Tri-Cities Food Bank, Art King, said it's been a long road. "Right near they end, I was just afraid something was going to go wrong. I just had anxiety about the whole thing. And it's just such a relief for all of us to get this done," said King.
King said Benton City accounts for about 12% the clients in the Tri-Cities area. The doors of the $500 thousand dollar building are expected to open in July.