Hunger is on the rise and in order to meet the growing demand, the Capital Area Food Bank moved into a new 123,000 square foot Bedford Falls Foundation Food Distribution Center located at 4900 Puerto Rico Ave., NE the last week of July, 2012. The new facility is over twice the size of the former warehouse on Taylor Street, NE.
Why did we decide to expand? Because hunger in this region is increasing dramatically, and our former facility lacked the space and technology required to meet the growing need. Though many of our partner agencies are seeing increases of up to 200 percent in the numbers of people who come through their doors, the Capital Area Food Bank was forced to turn away millions of pounds of donated food each year due to a lack of storage capacity.
A bigger facility means that we can distribute a higher quantity and quality of food. It also means we can expand our nutrition education and outreach programs, which address the root causes of hunger.
Scenes of the Construction
Though the building’s construction took over a year, you can witness it erected in minutes. Check out our time-lapse video or click on some of the images from our Facebook album below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you expanding?
- The Capital Area Food Bank currently provides 30 million pounds of food a year – half of which is fresh produce — to more than 700 partner agencies, feeding 478,000 people. But the need in this region is increasing dramatically, and our current facility lacks the space and technology to meet it.
What are the benefits of the new building?
- More Space, More Food: Our new food distribution is as large as two football fields, twice the size of our former space. This means we can eventually accept, store and distribute twice as much food to our neighbors. Increased refrigerator and freezer capacity means that more broccoli, carrots, milk and other fresh items will be available for families in need.
- Green Features Save Money: Features and fixtures such as energy efficient lighting, low-flow faucets, and solar panels, donated by BP, will result in over $70,000 in energy cost savings per year. These savings leave us with more resources to help the community.
- More Room for Volunteers: With room to grow our base of volunteers, currently at over 18,000 annually, we are now able to provide them with special stations for sorting food. They can place rice, beans and other nutritious bulk items into small containers for easy client access.
- Training and Teaching Space: With new space for classrooms, along with commercial and teaching kitchens, we will be able to hold more nutrition education and cooking classes to enable those who receive our food to stretch their dollars even farther.
Are you building a completely new building or renovating an old one?
- We did a bit of both. We renovated 23,000 square feet of an existing building for office space and constructed a 100,000 square foot Bedford Falls Foundation Food Distribution Center.
Where is your new building located?
- The new building is located at 4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE in Washington, DC, a half-mile from our old location.
Who is your project team?
- Our architect was Epstein; our general contractor was Turner Construction Company; and our development manager was the Jair Lynch Development Partners.
Leadership Campaign Co-Chairs
The Washington Post Company
Washington Sports and Entertainment
Umansky Wyatt Zier Consulting
District of Columbia – DHCD*
Bedford Falls Foundation Charitable Trust
Combined contributions from the Marriott family, foundation, and corporation
The United States Federal Government
J.W. Marriott, Jr.
BP Solar (In-Kind)
Maryland General Assembly
Kresge Foundation (Challenge Grant)
Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Capital One Financial Corporation
Phillip L. Graham Fund
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
Fannie Mae Foundation
Giant Food LLC
John and Diana Jaeger
Peter and Marla Schnall
Virginia General Assembly
David and Joy S. Willey
Edward and Irene Kaplan
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Altria Group, Inc.
Bank of America
Clark Charitable Foundation
Gilbert and Jaylee Mead
Kogod Family Foundation
Robert M. Brown
Department of Homeland Security
Freddie Mac Foundation
Host Hotels & Resorts
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation
Joseph E. Robert
William and Buffy Cafritz
Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Prince Charitable Trusts
RLJ Companies – Robert l. Johnson
Esthy and James Adler Philanthropic Fund
David and Katherine Bradley – CityBridge Foundation
Lois and Richard England
John and Katherine Finneran
Lee and Juliet Folger Fund
Legg Group at Morgan Stanley- Jonathan Legg
The Summit Fund – Roger and Victoria Sant’s Founders’ Fund
Washington Gas Light Company
The Abe and Kathryn Selsky Foundation
Joe L. Allbritton
Donald and Ann Brown Family Fund
GEICO Philanthropic Fund
Joe and Lynne Horning
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
The Andreas Foundation – Sandra Andreas McMurtrie
Lee G. Rubenstein (In-Kind)
Barry & Olga Scher
SunTrust of Greater Washington
Leif and Julia Ulstrup
Linda Keene Solomon – in honor of Jean Mosee
*This project is made possible in part through the generous support of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development .