GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Food Bank of the Rockies is moving from Palisade to Grand Junction. An enormous new warehouse and food distribution center, more than 50 thousand square feet, will allow the organization to scale up operations and efficiency after a fruitful year.

While Palisade has been the food bank’s home for 23 years, Western Slope Director Sue Ellen Rodwick says the new location will offer better access.

“It’s going to be more convenient for our truck deliveries and for our partners across the western slope to have access to this facility,” Western Slope Director Sue Ellen Rodwick states.

The nonprofit’s new home comes with new neighbors. St. Mary’s Meals on Wheels program will lease out the incoming kitchen where a flexible design will accommodate food storage, bulk purchases, and more.

“Right off the bat, we’ll be able to do double the meals that we produce every day so the needs of the community will just be able to be me,” St. Mary’s Meals on Wheels Program Manager Amanda Debock exclaims.

This facility will be named the Etkin Family Distribution Center. Former Food Bank of the Rockies Board Member Bruce Etkin explains why his family will support the food bank’s next chapter.

“Anybody that needs food and wants to give it away we want to give it to you to do that,” Former Food Bank of the Rockies Board Member Bruce Etkin expresses, “Break it down to the smaller feeding agencies that really our customers.”

Though the entire project is already halfway over the fundraising hurdle. The Food Bank of the Rockies team is hopeful the community will pitch in to get them over the finish line.

“We have raised 65 percent of our $10.8 million goal for this facility,” Rodwick shares, “We need $3.8 million from our community in order to make this possible.”

Construction on the new warehouse and food distribution center is happening now and officials hope to move in by summer.

Right now, donations are eligible for an Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credit which means, when you make a certified contribution today, you may be able to claim 25% of your cash donation as a Colorado state income tax credit.