Atlanta Community Food Bank opens massive facility in East Point

Credit: Trammell Crow Company

Credit: Trammell Crow Company

The Atlanta Community Food Bank will start work this month at its massive new headquarters and distribution center in East Point, Dallas-based real estate developers announced Monday.

Construction on the 340,000 square foot facility, located at 3400 North Desert Drive, began in January of last year and sits on 65 acres of land, according to developers Trammell Crow Company.

Inside the facility, employees will have 84,953 square feet of corporate office space, 69,931 square feet of cold storage, and 186,157 square feet of warehouse space,

“The scale of this project was substantial, as it needed to meet the demands of the Food Bank’s operations, which serves and stores a massive amount of food on a daily basis,” Chris Eagen of Trammell Crow Company said.

The food bank, which works with more than 700 agencies to distribute food to 29 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgiaworked out of a 74,000-square-foot building at 970 Jefferson St. in northwest Atlanta from 1984 to 2004.

That property was purchased earlier this year by nonprofits Westside Future Fund and the Food Well Alliance with the help of a $3 million donation from The Cox Foundation.

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The food bank then moved to a location on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, before launching a fundraising campaign for a new headquarters.

In fiscal year 2018-2019, the food bank distributed 71.7 million pounds of food and grocery, 22% of that being fresh produce, according to the release.

“Our new building will enable the Food Bank to fully harness our most abundant asset — food,” Food Bank CEO Kyle Waide said in a prepared statement. “We are motivated by the knowledge that relieving hunger has the power to change the trajectory of a person's life, and our enhanced and expanded facility will allow us to better serve our growing network of more than 700 partner agencies.”

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