Food Bank work continuing

Another fundraising push is on by organizers for the St. Joseph’s Food Bank to bring the building to lock up. “We’re also working on connecting services to the building,” said Ron Leger, one of the main individuals behind the fundraising campaign.

At this point, said Leger, an additional $55,300 is needed to bring the project to lock up, which is where the roof, windows, doors, siding, etc., is installed. The interior work then commences, and this is estimated to ring up a $92,500 tab.

The building is located on Seventh Avenue, adjacent to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

A food bank operated out of the basement of the church for about 15 years, but demand grew to the point where the food bank needed a free-standing building. The structure will be a two-storey building, designed to look like a small church, with 1,860 square feet on each floor.

The foundation costs increased, said Leger, and the parking lot is now located below the site.

An additional $6,000 of aggregate was donated by Mainland and Lafarge, bringing that total donation to $15,000, he said. Trucking costs went up $6,000, plus a few others, which has put a completed estimate at $400,000 compared to the budgeted $340,000.

A number of community members, businesses and service organizations have contributed to the project, and so far, $123,530 have been received, while $53,001 of in-kind donations were provided.

By Jason Roessle, Mission City Record
Published: December 04, 2012 01:00 PM
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