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Second Harvest Food Bank in Valdosta is expanding

Freezer-cooler panels were stacked just inside the main entrance to the warehouse Tuesday Freezer-cooler panels were stacked just inside the main entrance to the warehouse Tuesday
Eliza McCall Eliza McCall
Chad McLeod Chad McLeod
Bill Slaughter Bill Slaughter
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Barren walls and empty rooms were what Lowndes County officials saw Tuesday morning when they toured the ongoing expansion at Second Harvest, but to Second Harvest's Chief Marketing Officer, who led the tour, they represent getting one step closer to ending hunger in South Georgia.

"We have more room to move, we can hire more staff, that sort of thing, so we can feed more children," explained Second Harvest Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall, as she stood in a hallway outside one of the rooms undergoing renovation.

Tuesday, the work had been underway for about two months and was nearly complete. "New paint, more sheetrock, new heatin' and air," said Chad McLeod, project manager for the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners, as he stood outside one of the offices and explained what work had been done.

The money for the project came from a Community Development Block Grant that Lowndes County commissioners applied for on behalf of Second Harvest in the Summer of 2014.

"It's always a great feelin' to be able to see money that you've been able to get as far as the CDBG grant; to be able to see that money come together and then see what the end product is," Lowndes County Commission Chairman remarked after touring the ongoing renovations. "This is gonna be a great asset for this community."

The large stack of freezer-cooler panels that, as of Tuesday, were stacked about halfway to the ceiling at the main entrance to the warehouse, were getting ready to be put together to form the new freezer and cooler, one of the most important parts of the expansion.

"It'll be a better freezer and cooler," McCall stressed. "We'll be able to turn over more perishable goods and therefore put more food out into the community."

The entire expansion project was expected to be completed by the end of August.

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