Lake Country looks at new food bank

Partnership studies new facility for Lake Country food bank

  • May. 20, 2012 8:00 a.m.

The process is underway to develop a new Lake Country food bank.

A joint feasibility study has been launched by the District of Lake Country, the Rotary Club of Lake Country and the Lake Country Food Assistance Society to consider options for a new facility.

“Partnering to better serve the needs of Lake Country residents that access the local food bank is an idea that has been raised at the council table for some time,” said Steve Schaffrick, the district’s director of community services.

“Once feedback from stakeholders is received on the concept, a preferred option will be presented to council for a decision on how best to proceed.”

Presently, the food bank operates out of part of the old Winfield school.

The feasibility of a new home for the food bank will consider inclusion of the following features:

adequate parking space for clients and staff, and vehicle access to warehouse

accessible client reception waiting area and interview room

fresh produce counter with client access

accessible washrooms

food hamper assembly area (no client access)

food product sorting area in warehouse

walk-in cold storage space

staff kitchen including stove, fridge, microwave, sink, dishwasher and storage space

administration office

The Rotary Club of Lake Country is spearheading the drive to raise funds to construct the facility and members of the club have researched available locations in the community over the last three years.

The club then partnered with the district to hire architect Bruce Carscadden to develop preliminary options based on the criteria provided and feedback from stakeholders.

A site adjacent to the arena and seniors’ centre has been proposed.

A neighborhood information session to gather input on the joint feasibility study’s preliminary concepts will be held May 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the municipal office.

“Once feedback from stakeholders is received on the concept, a preferred option will be presented to council for a decision on how best to proceed,” said Schaffrick.