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Grantmakers & Foundations

William G. Irwin Foundation

The Irwin Foundation makes grants to support non-profit capital projects throughout the Bay Area, and their funding has allowed us to purchase two critical pieces of equipment – a pallet wrapper and automatic refrigeration doors – that will help greatly to improve operations in our food warehouse.

Several dozen pallets, stacked with food packages and wrapped in plastic by our warehouse staff, leave our Santa Rosa facility for distribution sites throughout Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties. Our new pallet wrapper enables us to prepare more food for distribution with greater speed, using less plastic to secure food more strongly while reducing the physical strain on our staff. The new sealed automatic doors are better at preserving the core temperature of the refrigerated section of our warehouse, benefiting the overall food safety at our main facility and improving its energy efficiency at the same time.

Redwood Empire Food Bank staff working in the warehouse