Food Bank & Nahant to Benefit from Land Sale
The River Bend Food Bank is buying 70 acres but plans to sell most of the land to Nahant Marsh.
President and CEO Nancy Renkes says the food bank parking lot fills up every day. So one of its board members approached Nahant to talk about its plans and property across the street from the food bank at 4010 Kimmel Drive in southwest Davenport.
After River Bend buys all the land for just over $1 million, Nahant will buy 60 acres of it. The food bank will use part of its 10 acres for parking. Renkes says the food bank's net cost will be $340,000.
Currently, she says food donations are down about 40%. Both inflation and supply chain problems have affected WalMart and other large grocery stores, reducing the amount they can donate.
In recent months, the River Bend Food Bank spent $500,000 from its reserves to meet needs in its 23-county, two-state distribution area.