The High Plains Food Bank received more than $2 million to improve its facilities.

Under the Food Bank Capacity Building Grant Program, $95 million in grants were awarded to Texas food banks, including $2.28 million to HPFB.

“It’s really exciting to see food banks receiving this kind of funding to do these kinds of projects. We don’t often have this opportunity, so it’s important for us,” said Zivorad Filipovic, Director of Marketing and Communications at HPFB. .

The program was created using funds from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The intended use of the investment is to provide food banks with the funds needed to improve their infrastructure and improve their ability to respond to natural disasters, public health emergencies and other crises in the future.

“Texas food banks have been an integral part of the disaster response, especially over the past two years…This investment in our food bank infrastructure and distribution networks will ensure our ability to continue to meet the needs of Texans.” “Texas said. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in a press release.

Last weekend, April 1, HPFB, with the help of 103 scouts, collected 5,276 pounds of food and $4,896, which will provide 72,480 meals to families and individuals facing food insecurity.

According to Filipovic, the funds will be returned to the food bank after proof that they have met the grant requirements. The food bank plans to use the funds in two phases.

Phase 1 will include the conversion of a vacant building purchased by HPFB in 2015 into new office and community space to better accommodate its current team and allow for future growth.

Phase 2 will include renovations to HPFB’s main building, located at 815 Ross Street, to add offices for warehouse operations, install a generator to protect frozen and perishable foods in the event of current and modernize its transportation fleet, which will expand the food bank’s ability to deliver food to 27 rural counties. HPFB also plans to add an on-site Community Food Aid Center that provides local residents with another source of help.

According to HPFB officials, all or most of these costs will be covered by ARPA funding.

“The exciting part of it all is that 2022 also marks our 40th anniversary serving the Texas Panhandle, and with this grant, I believe it will allow us to serve our 150 agencies and the community for another 40 years,” Filipovic says.