Seeds of change

January 7, 2015 - Picnic Time

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By Katherine Lacaze

The Daily Astorian

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The South County Community Food Bank heralded a new year with a transition that outlines both an finish and a commencement for a Seaside nonprofit organization.

It’s a finish of a years’-long hunt for a permanent site for a food cupboard and a commencement of an epoch in a pantry’s new building.

For handling Director Karla Gann, reaching this finish line is a relief, generally after it kept creeping over divided for several months.

“It’s been stressful for me,” she said.

The highlight came from carrying to juggle patrons’ needs during a food bank’s proxy site and still manage a start-up during a new site.

“This time, it feels good, since we know we don’t have to do this all again for a unequivocally prolonged time,” she said.”

Pending a successful electrical investigation Tuesday, a food bank’s new permanent site during 2041 N. Roosevelt Drive will be open this week.

Crews of volunteers spent a past several weeks relocating apparatus and food from a pantry’s proxy location, during a former Coastal Research Maintenance building, to a new, 2,100-square-foot building north of a Seaside School District’s train barn. RM Russell Construction finished final touches on a building. The cupboard upheld a plumbing investigation final week.

The cupboard sealed a proxy site, that a classification rented for several months from Bank of a Pacific, during a finish of December. Volunteers distributed food from a lorry outward a new building in a halt before receiving an occupancy permit.

Long time coming

The food bank’s residence of directors discussed a need for a new building for several years and started severely posterior a thought some-more than dual years ago. When a skill where a prior food cupboard stood was sold, a cupboard residence was forced to find an alternative. The Seaside School District donated dual unstable classrooms from a former Cannon Beach Elementary School.

With about $65,000 in hand, a residence in Jun launched a operational and collateral fundraising campaign, themed “Imagine a Community Without Hunger.” The classification perceived several donations and grants. Community organizations, including a American Legion Post 99 and a Seaside Rotary Club, hold fundraisers benefiting a food pantry. Businesses and people donated about $100,000 in in-kind services.

“It goes on and on and on as distant as how people have come through,” pronounced residence member Mary Blake.

The food cupboard exceeded a goal, lifting about $210,000, in further to a initial $65,000 and in-kind donations. Blake pronounced a residence was on bill for a roughly $350,000 project, that enclosed shopping a land, retrofitting a unstable buildings and shopping some new equipment. An open residence will be hold shortly to commend contributors.

Resuming operations

Last year, a cupboard distributed thousands of pounds of food to an normal of 470 families a month. The food is purchased mostly with donations or performed from a Oregon Food Bank by a Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank.

The pantry’s 77 volunteers are a pushing force behind removing food to a people who need it. Patrons contingency accommodate income mandate determined by a U.S. Department of Agriculture. For a family of four, a limit income is $3,631 per month or $43,568 per year.

Gann pronounced a cupboard is postulated by a munificence of village members, both in time and money.

“They do smashing things when they get together,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if they’re volunteers or a people that come in — they all are a partial of this. They make this work.”

Gardeners needed

Although a classification has property, a building and operational supports in a bank, this is only a beginning, Blake said.

“That is one of a things that is partial of this nonprofit: It is a consistent operative with a village and essay grants. And we’re not finished with a project,” she said.

Paving and landscaping with succulent plants will be finished in a spring; solar panels will be combined to a roof; cruise tables will be installed; and other projects are planned, some compulsory to obtain a permanent occupancy permit.

An informational assembly is designed for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22 during a Seaside Public Library to line adult instructors and volunteers to assistance with a six-week adult category called “Seed to Supper,” an Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service program. The course, that a South County Community Food Bank wants to horde this spring, is directed during training people fundamentals of unfeeling gardening.

Blake pronounced a residence afterwards will accommodate in Feb to ask, “What’s adult now?” Tentative plans, according to Blake, embody operative with a Oregon Food Bank, Master Gardeners, Friends of Clatsop County Community Gardens and a North Coast Food Web and other agencies to continue strengthening food confidence and sustainability in a community.

“We aren’t finished by a prolonged shot,” Blake said. “This is only a start of some other unequivocally smashing things that will take us to a subsequent turn of merciful work, and unequivocally good tolerable work.”

The cupboard is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays to accept donations and from 2 to 4 p.m. for people to accept food. For some-more information, hit a cupboard during 503-738-9800.




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