With the help of our community, we hope to raise $45,000 in community donations by #GivingTuesday (Nov. 28), the annual giving holiday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
This project will add much-needed space and help The Crisis Center meet compliance requirements for their growing number of clients. Some features of the expansion include:
- More space to accept large donations staff previously had to turn away
- Cold storage to distribute fresh, healthy foods to clients
- Expanded food repackaging room with additional sinks and counter space
- 24-hour donation drop-off site for food and financial donations
- An additional client bathroom to meet compliance requirements
The warehouse expansion has an estimated total cost of $275,000. After grants, The Crisis Center was left to raise about $90,000 from the community to complete the project. Thankfully, UICCU stepped in offering a major matching gift to get the warehouse the rest of the way there! The Crisis Center’s needs $45,000 in community donations to match UICCU in order cover the remainder of the project.
The food bank’s warehouse was first remodeled in 2003, when The Crisis Center served about 350 families per week. Now, in 2017, more than 1,000 Johnson County families visit The Crisis Center each week. Meanwhile, the warehouse has not kept pace.
Space has become very tight. Due to the limited space, we are unable to accept large food donations when our warehouse is full, even though we really need those donations.
Additionally, the Food Bank needs several updates in order to continue serving food. For example, the expansion includes an additional bathroom—The Crisis Center currently has only one for all Food Bank clients—as required by city compliance codes.
Likewise, the room the nonprofit uses to repackage bulk food to distribute fairly among individual family households food needs additional counter spaces and sinks in order to meet Department of Health requirements for food preparation. The proposed space would make The Crisis Center compliant.
We know we can depend on our community to help better serve neighbors in need. Thank you for your support.