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Organization looking for new home as building it has occupied since 1990 “bursting at the seams.”
Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre
Staff at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre hope a major donation has the organization well on its way to a new home.
Nutrien Ltd. gave the food bank $2.5 million on Monday, with the food bank also announcing it has purchased a site at 425 Ave. P South that it plans to use as a replacement for its current facility at 202 Ave. C South.
Food bank executive director Laurie O’Connor explained in a media release that while volunteers and donors have helped the organization meet increasing demands for services, the Avenue C building is “bursting at the seams.”
O’Connor added that the logistics involved with having a clothing depot, a warehouse and a garden patch all currently operating off site creates expenses that are draining resources.
The food bank is projecting that it will cost $12 million to get a new facility designed and built. With the Nutrien donation to start them off, they plan to launch a campaign to raise the remaining $9.5 million.
This will be the first capital campaign in the history of the Saskatoon food bank, which first started in 1983 as a temporary project run out of the basement of St. Thomas Wesley United Church, before moving to its current building in 1990.
Nutrien senior vice-president Candace Lang will chair the capital campaign as a volunteer. Once built, the food bank’s new facility will include Nutrien’s name for 10 years. Nutrien is also being recognized as the sponsor of the fundraising campaign
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