With growing demand for food assistance in the area, recent talk has a proposed solution closer to home. Reports shared the news of a possible Feeding the Valley expansion in Albany to help put more food on more tables!
The Proposed Expansion
The Feeding the Valley expansion in Albany is estimated to be a $4 million project. Funding assistance is expected to come from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs through a block grant.
The proposed site for the expansion will breathe new life into the old R.R. Streets & Co. building off Ledo Road. This will bring food access closer to the need in Dougherty County and surrounding areas.
According to reports, Feeding the Valley saw a more than 50 percent increase in requests for services during the pandemic. This expansion would help address the need quickly in more areas.
In fact, the overall goal includes offering better access to fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the other staples such as milk, dairy and protein to Albany and surrounding communities.
About Feeding the Valley
Feeding the Valley is currently operated from the large central office and warehouse located in Columbus, Ga., on Flat Rock Road.
According to their website, Feeding the Valley gives out on average more than 8 million pounds of food a year. The food bank serves 17 counties in West Georgia—including Dougherty—and one Alabama county.
Feeding the Valley began serving the Albany community in 2019. With this proposed expansion, they hope to increase local food distribution to six million pounds of food provided annually!
Keep up with the expansion plus Mobile Food Pantry announcements, events, volunteer opportunities and more when you like their Facebook page!
Did you know Summer Lane Apartment Homes is only about five minutes away from the proposed Feeding the Valley expansion site in Albany? Whether you want to help out or need a little help, the opportunity will be nearby! Find out more about our affordable apartment homes, community news and events by reading our other blogs!