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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sharing Place Food Bank On The Move

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Growing number of programs and services requires a building that is larger.

Moving day is Friday for the Sharing Place Food Bank.

With ever expanding programs and services for members,  executive director Chris Peacock says they need more space.

The food bank will be moving to a smaller temporary facility at 95 Dufferin Street and then into a large building next store at 97 Dufferin Street in 2020.

Peacock says they had to jump now because the landlord is willing to hold the property in 2019 while funds are raised to purchase and renovate the larger space.

In a presentation to city council this week,  Peacock asked the city to invest $150,000 towards the project.

The cost of buying the property and renovations is pegged at $1 million.

Council made no decision at its meeting.

Peacock says the Sharing Place has 36-hundred members and provides food to over 1,300 people a month in the Orillia-area.

There are nearly 5,000 kids who are part of the food bank's School eats program.

Peacock says they are providing members with more solutions to help solve food insecurity,  such as teaching adults and kids how to cook,  to skills that go beyond cooking to community gardens.

He says they are bursting at the seams as the current location has many limits including the warehouse and parking.

More importantly,  Peacock says they want a building that is dignified and welcoming with open space for members, volunteers and donors.

A public capital campaign could be announced in the next few months.

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