NYAB aids food pantry renovation

Written by Douglas John Bowen

The Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry in upstate New York will undergo a $250,000 renovation this year, thanks to a charity established by the parent company of New York Air Brake, LLC (NYAB).

Knorr-Bremse Global Care said Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 it has approved a NYAB project proposal that will improve the Food Pantry’s capabilities to serve a growing number of area families in need. NYAB employs more than 400 workers at its headquarters in Watertown, N.Y.

Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse established the charitable Global Care in 2005 to assist people in need all around the world. The projects it supports represent an investment in an economically independent future for the people concerned, driven by the principle of helping people to help themselves. The company says Knorr-Bremse Global Care has implemented 130 aid projects in 42 countries since its founding, helping more than 350,000 people on four continents.

Renovations at the Watertown site are expected to be completed in September and include: Private meeting areas for assistance interviews and nutrition education programs; more efficient heating and cooling systems, including new ductwork; replacement of the electrical systems; a new loading area with counters and storage for processing donations and food bank deliveries; drywall and insulation to improve energy efficiency and climate control; repair and replacement of flooring, ceilings, and lighting; an emergency exit; and an automatic sprinkler system.

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