CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is receiving $5 million in secured funding to build a food distribution center and headquarters in Chicopee.

Senator Eric Lesser of Longmeadow announced a $5 million check towards the $26 million cost of building the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts complex at Carew and East Main Streets. Food Bank Executive Director Andrew Morehouse told 22News of the steps being taken to mitigate the concerns of some nearby residents to the site of the Food Bank construction.

“The first thing we did is one, moved our entire entrance and exit for tractor trailers going from Carew Street, which is the residential street, to East Main Street. They will not see or hear trucks or trailers coming in the loading dock area. We’ll be completely screen from view,” said Morehouse.

Senator Lesser acted as lead sponsor in the Senate, securing this state funding in the ARPA spending bill signed into law.

The Food Bank needs another $4 million to reach its $26 million goal to begin construction in Chicopee during April. The Food Bank is currently located in the Hampshire county community of Hatfield and provides food to more than 105,000 people on a monthly basis in western Massachusetts.