Campaign to relocate food bank gets going

It is official: The campaign to raise funds for the New Home for Our Food Bank has kicked off.

contributed Phyllis Mac Pherson

It is official: The campaign to raise funds for the New Home for Our Food Bank has kicked off.

The launch started with a personal cheque for $10,000 from MLA Norm Letnick. The Rotary Club of Lake Country is organizing the campaign, Letnick is also a Rotarian.

The Rotary Club of Lake Country is spearheading the drive to raise $750,000 that will be needed to complete the project. All donations are eligible for a tax receipt and members of the community and businesses will be able to donate cash, goods or services to help attain the goal of completing the building project.

Initial information meetings were held in mid-May to explore the possibility of relocating the food bank to a space beside the Senior’s Centre in the Recreation Complex on Bottom Wood Lake Road.

The proposed new building would more than double current working space for the food bank and provide modern facilities for volunteers.

Approval for the use of the site and plan for the building are anticipated in late June.

The existing food bank does astonishing work out of a very small space in the former Winfield Elementary School.   There is real strain on the location as ever growing need has impacted both clients and volunteers in the space.

To donate to the New Home for Our Food Bank campaign contact Bob Rymarchuk, project director at 250-766-1098.