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Good Shepherd moves to new Hampden facility

HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Good Shepherd Food Bank received the keys yesterday to its new warehouse in Hampden. This facility will replace the one in Brewer.

The Food Bank also has distribution centers in Auburn and Biddeford.

The Good Shepherd Food Bank has been searching for a bigger warehouse for quite some time now, and this seemed like the perfect spot.

The non-profit bought a former Bangor Daily News building, and is excited about the more nutritious food options it will be able to distribute after this move.

Located on Penobscot Meadow Drive in Hampden, there's more room for refrigerated items.

Due to the short growing season in Maine, high-tech refrigeration is necessary to keep and distribute perishable food items, like meat and fresh fruits and veggies.

And these fridges will help the organization distribute healthy options year-round, avoiding food waste as well.

Director of Philanthropy at Good Shepherd Food Bank Melissa Huston says that this move and the growth of refrigerator space is part of a plan to improve their nutrition policy. She said, "Recognizing that there are so many diet-related diseases out there that are the result of a broken food system…the least expensive food is often times the least nutritious. And so what we're trying to do is help folks have access to the most nutritious food that they can possibly get."

Good Shepherd Food Bank hopes to make this move for January 2016 so that they can focus their efforts right now on the upcoming holiday season and making sure all families are fed.