In February 1997, LCGS opened to clients in a donated building. In 2002, the current building was purchased. A long overdue expansion is currently in the works with the purchase of an adjoining property in early 2020. The property has been cleared of trees and a burned building. A land survey to combine both properties was generously donated by DDI Engineering. The use of donated materials and labor helps to keep costs down and is sought by the Board whenever possible.
The Board of Directors and office staff spent over a year determining what is needed in a facility that will serve community needs, not just now, but for decades to come. The Board set a goal of expanding the facilities with a larger building connecting to the current building. Eventual repurposing of the current building is also planned. The plans were split into phases with the first phase being the most critical, the addition of a large storage and packaging facility for the food programs. Monthly food deliveries from Feeding America frequently consist of over 25,000 pounds. Limited space at the current building has necessitated the rental of a building on the other side of Russellville for temporary storage of the food. Due to the growth in the food programs over the last several years, it has become critical to expand the building as soon as possible. In 2020, LCGS distributed over 320,000 pounds of food to clients in need and also distributed 100,550 pounds of produce through the Farm to Food Bank program benefitting anyone in the community. The current storage facilities are extremely inadequate for the amount of food being distributed. The amount of manpower required to move tons of food across town, unloaded by hand and then reloaded by hand to transport smaller loads of food back as space allows is challenging. This takes a quite toll on our volunteers who are mostly retirees. Currently, when loads of fresh produce are received, food in the cool storage room has to be moved into the packaging room to provide storage for produce until distributed. This takes up all available space in the packaging room so the food has to be moved back as quickly as possible. Due to space constraints, the refrigerators and freezers are scattered across the building instead of one central location, which is inconvenient and inefficient. This much needed addition will provide a storage room for the pallets of food, an area for shelved food, an area for packaged bags and room for the long tables used in the packaging of food. It will also provide a dedicated area large enough for the many freezers and refrigerators in use. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will help us meet our goal.