Boomershine Logistics Facility
The Boomershine Family Logistics Center is a 20,000 square foot facility which opened in 2012. It was funded through a donation by Walter Boomershine and family in 2011, and built on land donated by Jim Walters.
Components of Our Facility
Agency Distribution Center
Partner agencies pick up food ordered from the Food Bank inventory. The agencies “shop” via electronic e-harvest from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, as well as select product from the Georgia Mountain Food Bank facility. These agencies include pantries, kitchens and shelters in northeast Georgia.
Phillip Bond Sartain Volunteer Action Center
Sorting and packing food from food drives and grocery store salvage is a vital component of the food banking process. Community volunteers and groups participate by screening and sorting incoming food donations. The Volunteer Action Center is a great place for organizations, large and small, to hold team-building exercises and offers a staging area for community outreach programs.
Cold Storage & Drive-In Freezer
Distributing fresh produce, milk, cheese and other refrigerated items to hungry people is absolutely essential to improving nutrition in our community. GMFB’s drive-in freezer allows us to provide more nutritional options for our partner agencies and the people in need that they serve. With this cooler space, we have the capacity to accept truck loads of donated product, allowing us to hold 160 pallets of refrigerated food! We can even adjust the temperature of the cold storage unit in order to transition it into a larger freezer if surplus food arrives at GMFB that needs to be frozen.
Distribution Docks & Receiving Docks
Withdrawing and receiving food from Georgia Mountain Food Bank should be as convenient as possible. Distribution docks attached to the Agency Distribution Center provide a safe & efficient means for partner agencies to get the food into their vehicles. Our receiving and distribution docks are spacious with over 1,500 square feet of dry storage space with structural steel pallet racking.
Georgia Mountain Food Bank is currently delivering fresh food and product to partner agencies in all five counties of our service area. With increased storage capacity in the facility, GMFB has refrigerated transportation and experienced drivers to get the fresh food and produce to the rural areas. As the number of partner agencies and feeding organizations increase in more rural areas, the number of deliveries needed is increasing as well.
Meeting and Outreach Service Space
The meeting room is used for volunteer training, community meetings, agency advisory meetings, product training and board meetings. The room is equipped with presentation and sound equipment, as well as an attached kitchen to accommodate meal service for a group of varying sizes.
GMFB’s outdoor community garden is located on the side of Boomershine Logistics Facility. Its main purpose is to serve as an educational tool to teach about food, nutrition, cultivation and to show where our food comes from. The community garden also provides the opportunity to add fresh produce to people in need through agency distribution.
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