PACE Food Bank to benefit from new ownership of “Building 19” property

NEW BEDFORD — A long-vacant North End warehouse with more than $370,000 in property tax debt has a new owner who’s creating a positive impact on the region, by freely providing loading dock space that could significantly boost Greater Boston Food Bank deliveries for local pantries and shelters.

Food Bank workers and local volunteers unloaded three semitrailers Tuesday at the former Building 19 facility on King Street, using the sorely needed space to stack nearly 70,000 pounds of produce, canned goods, frozen meats and more, for distribution to 19 participating SouthCoast agencies. Food Bank spokesperson Courtney Johanson said the delivery contained enough food for about 58,000 meals.

The monthly deliveries could increase to twice a month this summer, creating a huge increase in local food supplies for the needy, Johanson said.

“It’s a very, very good thing for this area,” said Emma Melo, director of the food program for People Acting in Community Endeavors, or PACE, which provides food to numerous local families and individuals out of its downtown office on William Street…

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