Breaking New Ground
NeighborImpact’s Food Bank is building a new Food Warehouse! In celebration of the project, more than 100 attendees filled the temporary tension structure currently serving as staging and storage space for the overfilled food bank to witness the new building’s ceremonial groundbreaking on Jan. 20.
“When I first started here 7 years ago the food bank distributed just under 3 million pounds of food that served about 22,000 individuals a month,” said Carly Auten, NeighborImpact Food Program Director. “Now, our Central Oregon food partner network has grown to supplying 57 emergency food sites, distributing 4 million pounds of food, a full-time mobile pantry and nearly 60,000 individuals served a month. And those numbers continue to grow.”
Before breaking ground with ceremonial golden shovels, Carly had the unique honor of welcoming Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs member Johnson Bill, who sang a prayer song to bring blessings to the ground, to the food that will be provided to the people and to give thanks to the creator.
You can help us raise the remaining $200,000 to meet the construction goal! Please donate at www.neighborimpact.org/warehouse.