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Food bank is thankful for new warehouse

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2013

From left City of Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers, Susan and Wilson Lyle, Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen and Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley Director Mel Huss celebrate during the warehouse ribbon cutting on Friday with the many friends who made the building a reality. Courier photo by Lauren Krizansky

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA —  Imagine holding a frozen turkey because it is warmer than a working pair of hands.

That was the reality for those handing out Thanksgiving food boxes last year at what was once the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (FBNSLV) distribution hub located at the state-condemned Alamosa County shop on 17th Street where inside temperatures registered as low as minus 17 degrees F.

This year, the new FBNSLV warehouse, located on Independence Way in the Alamosa County complex south of the city, warmed frigid volunteer fingers during Saturday’s annual Thanksgiving food box distribution, which served nearly 600 families, and the community on Friday afternoon during the building’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It was without hesitation everyone gave to this project,” said Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen, who planted the first seeds towards making a new FBNSLV warehouse a reality two years ago. “You are all my heroes. It was just an idea I had.”

Once Allen was set on the project, he went to the community to ask for donations because he was confident the building could come together without taking much from the county’s coffers.

He was right.

“What a great community we live in to have all these people step forward,” Allen said. “The idea I had was to build a food bank without costing the county any money.”

More than 20 local businesses and individuals were recognized on Friday for their contributions to the warehouse, in addition to one couple who doesn’t live here, but loves the Valley like it was their own.

For the complete article see the 11-27-2013 issue.

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