Tuesday, August 11, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“I don’t care what they propose, I’m going to oppose it.”
- Councillor Ian MacLeod  
- on council’s dealings with 
Spray Lake Sawmills 

 

 
There’s no telling exactly how long it will last, but for the near future the Crowsnest Pass will find itself without a Food Bank.
On Saturday, August 15, the Food Bank plans to close its doors as they are evicted from the Crowsnest Centre. Council has chosen August 15 as the date when all tenants of the old wing of the Centre must vacate the building.
The closure is not intended as permanent, says Food Bank Coordinator Carmellia Saretzky. She says that the Food Bank hopes to be closed for only two to four weeks –– but when they reopen and where will depend on their ability to find a temporary location to continue their operation.
In the long run, the Food Bank intends to construct its own facility on 19th Avenue Blairmore, on the former Blairmore Seniors’ Centre property. However, Saretzky says this will take a year or more due to fundraising needs, paperwork, and construction.
In the meantime, the Food Bank is seeking temporary accommodation to meet their needs. They expect to settle for a smaller space than they require, putting some of their equipment in storage and running a smaller operation.
“We probably won’t run the Food Bank full tilt as we have been,” says Saretzky. “But we’re still working on having a Food Bank.”
 
After August 15, the Food Bank will be closed until a new location can be found. To prepare for the closure, the Food Bank is trying to give out as much food as possible to its customers to help see them through.
“Our shelves are all bare,” says Saretzky, but there are some items left. She encourages any of the Food Bank’s clients to come in during their last week of operations to receive some of the remaining food.
Food has been set out on a table in the hallway outside the Food Bank as well, for clients to take if they arrive when the offices are closed.
On Saturday, August 15, the Food Bank will have a garage sale to clear out its remaining non-food items and miscellaneous things that have been donated to them. The garage sale will run from 10:00 to 2:00.
Saretzky says that they are also looking for storage space for their seven freezers and two coolers, along with shelving units. These items must be stored somewhere while the operation is closed, and there may not be space for all of them in whatever temporary facility they find. If there is no room for them in a new place, says Saretzky, clients will have to go without milk and eggs for awhile.
Anyone who can offer storage space to the Food Bank is encouraged to call them at 403-564-5110.
Any food left over after the closure will go to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen. Any leftover pet food will go to the local SPCA.
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