Program Summary: To create a facility that would double the food capacity and bring awareness to the community about hunger needs and food insecurities across the state.
Program Statement: This facility is a new beginning for the Arkansas Foodbank and for their overall mission of providing food to over 400 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and school-feeding programs across the state.
This project, located on a 12 acre site in an industrial district of Little Rock, replaced a dilapidated facility in southwest Little Rock. The building will allow the Foodbank to store and distribute over 25 million pounds of food annually which will double its food capacity and office space. New state-of-the-art freezers and coolers allow the staff to accept items such as bananas, which they’ve never been able to accept due to inadequate equipment or space.
Part of the mission for the Foodbank is to teach the community about hunger and food insecurities that exist across the state. Lots of glass was used to provide site lines into the warehouse. This was an important programmatic feature stressed from day one because it visually reminds every one of the importance of why they are there. Also, the office and support spaces will provide a new unified atmosphere for the staff bringing them all under one space versus the scattered offices they came from originally.
Another feature of the facility is the addition of an urban garden which was established on the grounds of the facility. It is maintained by master gardeners and all of the vegetables grown go directly to those in need. Over 3,500 pounds of fresh vegetables was grown the first year it was planted.