Northern Neck Food Bank is moving.
On July 23, the board of directors for the organization that has been feeding needy residents in the region for five years voted unanimously to relocate its operations from White Stone to Warsaw.
The food bank, which became a 501c3 organization in 2010, will be based in the former armory building beside the Shell gas station on Rte. 360.
Lance Barton, director of Northern Neck Food Bank (NNFB), said his organization will begin moving its operations to Warsaw on Sept. 1.
In describing the board’s decision, Barton said there was “very little discussion” prior to their voting on the matter.
“Warsaw is the right place logistically for it,” Barton said in reference to the food bank’s new location.
Barton confirmed that Warsaw’s central location on the Northern Neck played a role in their decision to move NNFB from White Stone.
Barton added that the old armory building would serve as a more volunteer-friendly warehouse for his organization “due to a larger floor space and a separate work area for volunteers to work away from heavy machinery.”
He did, however, say that the current building was excellent and state-of-the art.
“The warehouse in White Stone is a new building, well maintained and our landlord has been extremely supportive of the food bank,” Barton noted. “We couldn’t have found a better building to start the food bank, but with our territory expanding and the influx of volunteers, we really needed to go with a larger and more centrally located warehouse.”
In addition to the relocation, Barton said NNFB will hold an open house at its new premises in October, particularly for people from surrounding areas.
“[The point of the open house is] to say, ‘You’re going to drive by this on your way to work, so here’s what it does and here’s what it looks like,’” said Barton.
Northern Neck Food Bank works with Feed More/Central Virginia Food Bank as a Re-distribution Organization representing the Northern Neck and Middlesex County.
According to the NNFB website, the nonprofit provides food for 25 regional pantries and organizations to give to needy families by assisting with the transportation, storage and procurement of food from local sources.
The food bank also has an agriculture program in place with an emphasis that works closely with local farms to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for its service area, Feed More/Central Virginia Food Bank and other surrounding food banks.
NNFB emphasizes healthy food choices in its distribution and strives to alleviate individuals not only of their hunger, but of malnutrition as well.
For more information about the Northern Neck Food Bank, call 804-577-0246 or visit http://www.nnfb.org/.