The Crisis Center is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new food bank warehouse expansion Thursday, August 16. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 5 p.m. and the open house will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Free food will be provided at the event, courtesy of the Iowa City Downtown Rotary Club.
The project was funded largely thanks to two major matching gifts: a $45,000 match from the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and a $25,000 match from Adamantine Spine Moving. Both UICCU and Adamantine Spine representatives, along with Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Crisis Center board members, volunteers, and staff will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The food bank’s warehouse was first built in 2003, when The Crisis Center served about 350 families per week and distributed approximately 500,000 pounds of food. Now more than 1,000 Johnson County families visit the food bank each week and the food bank distributes 1.6 million pounds each year.
Some of the project’s features include:
- More space to accept large donations staff previously had to turn away
- Additional cold storage to distribute fresh, healthy foods to clients
- Expanded food repackaging room with additional sinks and counter space
- Donation drop-off site for food and financial donations
- An additional client bathroom to meet compliance requirements