Catholic Charites Foodbank Ribbon Cutting

The Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank serves about 39,000 people in west-central Indiana — about one person out of every six residents.

But the need is even greater and the agency says it will be able to serve more food insecure individuals thanks to a new warehouse on the city’s Central East Side.

The $1.3 million, 10-thousand-square foot facility at 430 N. 14½ St. has twice the footprint of the existing building at 14th and Locust Streets but more than double the capacity because it is also taller.

The Food Bank, part of the Indianapolis Archdiocese, conducted a ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremony Monday.

This is an extraordinary day for Catholic Charities,” said agency Director John C. Etling, noting the new facility has been nearly eight years in the making.

More than 300 individuals and businesses donated $2.5 million to a “Closing the Meal Gap” capital campaign co-chaired by Earl and Tina Elliott. The fund drive included the cost of property acquisition and building construction and an endowment for future support.

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