The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, which has been working out of temporary facilities since its building flooded in August, began on Wednesday moving back into its warehouse in the Fraenkel Center on Choctaw Drive.
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The Food Bank suffered damage to vehicles, forklifts, refrigeration equipment and more after its 170,000-square-foot warehouse, 10600 S. Choctaw, took on 4 feet of flood water last month. Four days after the flooding, the Food Bank went back to work at temporary locations, reaching almost 75 percent of its normal capacity, according to a news release from the nonprofit.
The return to its home base will allow the Food Bank to receive and distribute a larger amount of food items to its member agencies and the community, officials said in the news release. Once the move is complete, it will allow for volunteers to return and help stock and sort food items.
"Being able to move back into our warehouse facility on an expedited timeline will allow us to operate with much greater scale to help these families" affected by the flood," Michael Manning, president and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said in a news release.
The move should be completed by Monday, Manning said.
The Food Bank, which serves 11 parishes, will continue to send its trucks into areas "particularly hard hit" by the flood, said Rachel Koch, public relations and community coordinator for the Food Bank.
The Food Bank began delivering truckloads of food, water and cleaning supplies directly to communities within days of the historical floods, Koch said.