Ground has broken, and work has been progressing on the new food bank building at St. Joseph’s Church. According to Mission accountant Ron Leger, one of the main project organizers, there is approximately $156,000 left to raise — already $436,000 has been received in cash and in-kind donations.
One of the biggest helps so far has been the efforts of contractor Wentworth Bjarnason. “He is the largest contributor besides the Catholic church,” said Leger. Bjarnason is an Agassiz resident, but St. Joseph’s was his grandmother’s church.
“After the phone call [from Leger], I jumped right in. It’s a good thing for the town. You never know when people are going to have a down time,” he explained. “[The food bank] provides an extra safety net.”
Bjarnason also put out a challenge to other local contractors to donate as much as they’re able to bring this project to fruition.
By Jason Roessle, Mission City Record
Published: December 14, 2011 1:00 PM
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