Space crunch forces food program to turn away help

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A Lafayette food program is so strapped for space that it's being forced to turn away food donations at least once a week.

The Journal & Courier reports that the Food Finders Food Bank can distribute 4.2 million pounds of food, but the need has risen to 6.2 million pounds a year.

Executive Director Katy Bunder says she hopes to raise the money needed to build a new facility that could open in four years.

The facility would need to be twice the size of the current 26,000-square-foot building.

The food pantry is trying to cope with the space crunch by using its mobile pantries to quickly distribute food. But it still has to turn away donations of frozen or refrigerated food at least once a week.

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