SAN ANTONIO -

San Antonio Food Bank officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on their newest expansion project.

They have added 110,000 square feet of warehouse space, bringing the total space available to the food bank up to 210,000 square feet.

"What this means to our community is that we are in better position to take donations that go to our families in need," said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was the honorary campaign chair. He said he has a passion for fighting the problem.

“It’s a situation where we have a problem in the city that should anger, frustrate and embarrass all of us,” said Popovich. "You don't want to see kids going to bed hungry (or) older people not being able to get food."

The expansion also includes a multipurpose pavilion.

The new facilities are a result of the economic downturn in 2009. Before the crash, the food bank was feeding about 25,000 people a week. After the crash, that number more than doubled to 58,000.

"We hope we don’t have to expand to have to feed more people. We just want to better nourish those that are struggling at the moment,” Cooper said.

Another way they are trying to make the food healthier is by growing some of their own. They have expanded their garden from a couple of acres to more than 20.

“The San Antonio Food Bank (will be) collecting food from the plow to the plate," said Cooper.

Now they have more space to facilitate that collection.

“It’s the right tool for the job,” said Cooper.

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