After calling the warehouse at 5546 Choctaw home for 17 years, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has now moved to a new location at the Fraenkel Center. The Food Bank hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today, Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 10 am. The ceremony took place at the new facility located at 10600 South Choctaw. Mayor Kip Holden was present in addition to other dignitaries and major donors who made the move to the new facility possible.
The new facility will enable the Food Bank to better serve its 11 parishes by increasing capacity, efficiency and output. More than three times the square footage of the former Food Bank warehouse, the Fraenkel Center facility is the foundation of a transformation for the Food Bank.
The Fraenkel Center is the former site of Fraenkel Furniture, a very successful furniture store owned by Albert Fraenkel. Opening its doors back in 1973, Fraenkel operated out of the facility for decades.
“Being able to offer up the facility to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank presented me with a noble purpose and opportunity to help thousands of people I had never met and will likely never meet, “ said Fraenkel. “From hunger to hope and from furniture to food, I couldn’t think of a better way to put this building to use.”
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank completed the move to the new facility over the holidays and will continue to serve over 130 agencies across 11 parishes from the new location.
Pictured above (from left to right): Mike Manning, President & CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Senator Sharon Weston Broome (Senate District 15); Mayor President Kip Holden; Mr. Albert Fraenkel; Metro Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis (District 6); Brad Lambert, Chairman of the Board of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Bobby Yarborough, Chairman of the “From Hunger to Hope” Capital Campaign and CEO of Manda Fine Meats.