Millet Food Bank hunts for new location

Having outgrown its shared space, the Millet Food Bank is looking for a new location in town in which it can expand operations.

Having outgrown its shared space, the Millet Food Bank is looking for a new location in town in which it can expand operations.

The food bank currently shares an office and back room with the Millet Youth Centre. “We’ve just outgrown the space we have here. And they’ve been very generous here and they’ve tried to provide us a little more space,” said Debbie Herman, manager.

Herman says one of the biggest challenges the food bank faces is, with any food drive, there is no space to collect, sort and store the abundance of food brought in.

A counter space to provide a sorting area is needed. “A working area that can be sanitized and kept up to Alberta Health Standards,” said Herman.

At it’s current location the food bank has no cold storage unit and Herman says the organization is having to turn people away who are donating perishable food items or food from their own gardens.

Alberta Food Banks has a free egg-share program and Herman says Millet is not able to participate with nowhere to store the eggs. “Right now we’re buying our own eggs.”

With a shared office and no front foyer, Herman says another concern is privacy. “Sometimes people want that anonymity.”

Having a shared space also adds inefficiencies. The food bank has a free-take grocery shelf set out every day for more obscure items not added to food hampers. But Herman says it takes time having to continually set it up and take it down.

The food bank has looked at some retail space in town already but they were was right along Highway 2A, which Herman says goes back to the issue of privacy. “It might deter some people because people don’t want others to know they’re accessing those services.”

“We have looked around, there is definitely some retail space in the community but reasonable space is cost prohibitive for us,” she added.

The food bank has no guaranteed steady income and Herman says that is posing problems as the organization looks to move into a bigger space.

Along with feasible retail space, Herman is hoping the community will be able to find it in itself to provide financial support in this endeavour.

 

Just Posted

City of Wetaskiwin saves nearly $1M, restructures staff

‘Streamlining’ results in 10 positions eliminated at City of Wetaskiwin

Team Alberta ends Games strongly with 44 medals in week one

Alberta is currently sitting in second place of the medal standings

PHOTOS: Alberta male team takes silver in Winter Games relay speed skating

Alberta was close behind Quebec in the team relay speed skating finals

Alberta was crowned champions in Wheelchair Basketball at Canada Winter Games

Ontario won silver while Quebec took home the bronze medal

Maskwacis RCMP seek three in home invasion case

Maskwacis RCMP investigate home invasion

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

WATCH: Pet therapy brings calmness to Winter Games athletes

Canada Winter Games in Red Deer continue on until March 2nd

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

Child advocacy centre raising funds through Dream Home Lottery

The child advocacy centre in Red Deer uses its resources to help kids all over Central Alberta

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Most Read