The Crisis Center broke ground on its much-needed food bank warehouse expansion in a ceremony on March 16. The warehouse expansion was funded thanks to a major contribution from the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, who encouraged community members to match their $45,000.
Though the community met the challenge, bids on the project came in about $50,000 over the original estimate. After hearing the news, Adamantine Spine Moving stepped up and offered a $25,000 matching gift to help us meet our new, increased fundraising goal.
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“Due to the hurricanes in Texas and Florida this fall, the cost of materials has skyrocketed. We are moving forward with the project but we hope the community will, once again, step up to the challenge to help us cover the increased cost. The services we provide are so critical and this project is going to be an integral part of continuing to meet the growing need in our community.”
-Sara Sedlacek, Communications & Development Director
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, in 2017, more than 1,000 Johnson County families visit The Crisis Center each week and 1.6 million pounds of food were distributed last year.
Some of the project’s features 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