Aims to occupy 4,000-square-foot building next summer

NAPA Auto Parts, 100 Summer St., Sept. 6, 2018. / Bob Sprague photoNew home for Food Link, 108 Summer St. / Bob Sprague photo 

UPDATED, Nov. 15: Food Link, an Arlington-based food-rescue organization, completed on Nov. 13 its purchase of 108 Summer St., a 4,000-square-foot building, aiming to increase capacity for donated food under one roof.

The nonprofit hopes to occupy the space next summer.

According to public records at Middlesex South Registry of Deeds, two Summer Street properties connected to the sale to Food Link went for $1.17 million: 108 Summer St. ($1,000,434) and 104 Summer, a vacant lot ($169,566).

Since its founding in 2012 Food Link has grown exponentially. Food Link’s volunteers and staff collect and distribute more than 500,000 pounds of donated fresh food annually, enough to prepare 400,000 nutritious meals.

"We are so excited about our new home and planning this space to meet the needs of our recipients, food donors and volunteers," DeAnne Dupont, Food Link president and cofounder said in Nov. 14 news release.

"We will expand Food Link’s capacity to help the communities we currently serve and provide the potential to help more neighborhoods. Food Link’s new facility will allow us to consolidate our entire operations under one roof, providing greater cold and dry storage capacity, office space for our staff and a more accessible working environment for our 150 dedicated volunteers."

Community-development grant, Leader Bank

The purchase of 108 Summer St., formerly the location of NAPA Auto Parts, was made possible by the award of $327,000 to Food Link from the Arlington Community Development Block Grant and financing by Leader Bank. Food Link will launch a capital campaign in support of the building acquisition and renovation early next year.

Food Link collects high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, and prepared foods that would otherwise be wasted from local grocery and prepared food stores.

The organization delivers the nutritious food to more than 30 social-service agencies – serving more than 18,000 people in need – including after school programs, programs for at-risk youth, low-income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries, veteran organizations and senior centers.

Food Link serves 11 communities throughout greater Boston, from South Boston to Lawrence and Lowell. It operates 363 days a year, and is powered by more than 150 volunteers.

Continuing to be situated on Broadway, near the Thompson School, it opened a temporary office this summer in a small space off Brattle Street. Once 108 Summer is ready, Food Link operations will move there.

Oct. 3, 2018: Food Link buys Summer Street auto-parts store 

Sept. 10, 2018: NAPA store closing: A family story

This news announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, and updated Nov. 15, to add purchase price.