During these years Central California Food Bank also faced its first disaster relief effort, the “Freeze of 1999”. Efforts grew from distributing just under 2 million pounds of food per year to almost 6 million pounds per year.
By 2002 Central California Food Bank had outgrown the facilities on the Fulton Mall and moved operations to Thorne Avenue. During the years at Thorne Avenue Central California Food Bank continued to distribute food through an increasing number of agencies, and began adding direct distributions to services.
It was during those five years on the Fulton Mall that Central California Food Bank joined America’s Second Harvest, now known as Feeding America, began serving Madera and Kings Counties, and more importantly, began collecting and distributing fresh produce.