Food bank project delayed, move may wait until spring

While the Dundas County Food Bank board of directors had hoped to have their renovation project at the former Morrisburg Library location well underway by now, that is not the case.

The plan was to have the renovation of a portion of the former library completed and for the food bank’s Morrisburg location to be in its new home early in the new year.

“There have been delays, so the food bank has been unable to get the project started,” said Dundas County Food Bank administrator Ian McKelvie, following last week’s board meeting. “The move may have to wait until spring.”

While the board is planning for the renovation and the move, the focus of the food and client coordinators remains on the needs of those being served.

“Donations have been slow,” said Amy Jamieson coordinator for the South Dundas location in Morrisburg.”The summer months are always rough, but through the support of our regular donors, we have been able to make it though and continue to meet the need.”

The Morrisburg location of the Dundas County Food Bank regularly feeds between 85 and 100 families a month, which represents 280-330 people.

McKelvie reports that across Dundas County, the number of people being served by the food bank is up about 15 per cent, year over year. 

Jamieson is looking forward to a few timely food drives to help replenish the Dundas County Food Bank shelves here in Morrisburg.

The most immediate needs of the local food bank are pasta, both canned and dried. “I’ve had to buy pasta lately, and that’s unusual, it’s usually one of the first things people tend to donate. Dry cereal is also needed to replenish the shelves.

Regarding the food bank’s relocation project, McKelvie reports that the Dundas County Food Bank is applying for funds from various sources to help offset some of the cost of the project estimated to cost about $46,000. The Municipality of South Dundas has offered the food bank an interest free loan of up to $46,200 to help with the re-location project.

South Dundas will allow the food bank to use the municipally-owned space, rent-free and will continue to cover utility costs, as it does in the present location.

Once the food bank has taken advantage of the municipal loan, they will need to find a way to pay back those funds to the muncipality, while continuing to meet the food needs of those using the food bank.

McKelvie, who is new to the Dundas County Food Bank, is impressed with how supportive this community is of its food bank. 

McKelvie has spent most of his career in magazine publishing and has significant experience fund raising for not for profit organizations. He is excited about the encore career opportunity which that will allow him to put his skills to work locally in this important community-based organization.

Here at the Dundas County Food Bank , McKelvie plans to actively work on raising awareness of the organization and its needs.

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