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"It's bittersweet."

That's the way Executive Director Tom Laughlin explained the move the River Bend Food Bank moving from Moline, where it's been for 32 years, to 4010 Kimmel Drive Davenport.

"We've been looking for about 5 years to move," Laughlin says. "We've looked on both sides of the river. The footprint we were looking for was about 50-60,000 square feet. And there wasn't that much available."

The new facility does fit their needs though, at 60,000 square feet. 

But it's not just the size of the building that matters.

"We have about 3 times the capacity to handle frozen product. As we forecast future food donations, we realize frozen food will be more prevalent to us."

The River Bend Food Bank distributes more than 8 million pounds of food to over 22 counties in the QCA. 

Many of the charities that need the food have it delivered right to their door. 

So moving the facility wasn't a huge issue. 

But Laughlin says this new building provides things the other just can't, like access to 12 loading docks, compared to just 3.

And simply more space for storage. 

But with more space, comes more responsibility. 

"We're able to be in a position to help those folks," says Laughlin. "At the same time, it's sobering to realize the amount of hunger we have in our area."

There are no plans for what to do with the old Food Bank building at this time. 

 

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