SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank laid the foundation stone on Wednesday for a much-needed expansion of their warehouse in San Francisco.

The San Francisco location is the heart of the grocery bank that distributes groceries to the Bay Area pantries.

“When the Food Bank started this project 5 years ago, the goal was to build for the future, but it turns out we are building,” said Tanis Crosby, executive director of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. “Before the pandemic, the food bank was already an important lifeline for 140,000 people every week. The economic crisis sparked by COVID-19 forced thousands to turn to us for help. We are no longer renovating just to expand, but to sustain – it’s about creating the space necessary to provide food to our neighbors who are making real, practical decisions every day about where to spend scarce dollars output. “

While the expansion is unlikely to happen before 2022, the food bank is on track to deliver 75 million pounds of food this year. They already have a facility in Marin to help with this.

To meet demand during the pandemic, the food bank said it “cobbled together a combination of tents and rented storage space”.

The expansion would add two loading docks and an additional 32,000 square feet and extend to the current on-site parking lot in 900 Pennsylvania. There will be space for an additional 20,000 volunteers per year.

The food bank said it had yet to raise $ 3.5 million to fund infrastructure like forklifts, trucks, solar panels and cooling systems.