Food bank director Bobbie Rooker hardly knows what to do with all the space she has these days – but she’s happily figuring it out, and hoping to fill up all those new shelves.
The Madison County Food Bank moved from the basement of the multi-purpose building on Sunset Drive in Danielsville last week to its spacious new digs inside the old U.S. Forestry Service building on Hwy. 98 West (across from Madison County EMS station 1).
“We really outgrew the space we were in several years ago when the bottom dropped out of the economy,” Rooker said. “The needs in the community really escalated.”
In January, talks began about moving the food bank to a larger space and Rooker suggested the old forestry building, which the county owns and is also close to the Department of Family and Children’s Services.
After approval from the board of commissioners, county workers installed dropped ceilings, shelving and did other renovations over a two-week period, transforming the rear section of the building into a spacious area for both perishable and non-perishable food items, as well as other basic necessities such as baby care items, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.