Tuesday, November 24, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“We’re just really glad to be open again, and so are our clients.”
- Carmellia Saretzky  
- on the Food Bank reopening   
on main street Blairmore   


Out of commission for three months after being evicted from the Crowsnest Centre, a victim of the ongoing struggle over that facility, the Crowsnest Pass Food Bank has now reopened at a new location, where they hope to stay until they can construct their own building elsewhere in town.
The Food Bank is now located on the 129th block of 20th Avenue Blairmore, between the Pass Herald and CIBC. They officially reopened their doors on Wednesday, November 18, and handed out 17 food hampers to families in their first two hours.
"We're just really glad to be open again," says manager Carmellia Saretzky, "and so are our clients."
Their new location is far from ideal, she says, but it allows them to provide food to needy families again, which is especially important leading up to the busy Christmas season.
The workers at the Food Bank cannot separate larger bags of edible food into smaller packages at their current location due to health regulations –– that work must be done at the kitchen in the Elks Hall. In addition, there is less room for storage and for unloading pallets, and so they are unable to bring in as much food at a time as they could before.
The visibility of the location is a double-edged sword, according to Saretzky. It can bring in more people off the streets for donations and offers of help, but makes it harder to provide confidentiality for their clients.
In addition, their cost for rent and utilities is expected to be approximately three times what they paid monthly at the Centre, adding an extra financial burden.
Saretzky says they are in need of essentially every possible non-perishable food item, plus hygiene items such a toilet paper, laundry soap, or shampoo. Items packaged in smaller amounts are preferable to large packages due to their food sorting restrictions. Cash donations would also be appreciated, she says, due to their financial needs.
The Food Bank is also in need of a good used vacuum cleaner, and more volunteers to help sort and pack food hampers.
... for the full story, see the November 24 issue of the Pass Herald.
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