As the population in Cache Valley grows, so does the demand for the Cache Community Food Pantry and the need for a bigger building to house the pantry. “We just feel that as the community is growing, we need to be growing with it. We could be much better stewards of the commodities we are given from the community if we have a bigger building to put them in,” said pantry director Matt Whitaker. The new building will cost around $600,000 and will be located on the same property as the current building. Logan City and the Eccles Foundation have already given the pantry grants to help with building costs, but the majority of funding will come from a community fundraising campaign currently in the planning phase. The pantry is located at 359 South and Main Street and has been since 1993. When the pantry moved into this property, which was used before as industrial space, there was plenty of room for the supplies. The valley is growing, however, and so is the demand for the pantry. Whitaker said he sees about 500 families per month at the pantry, but that the pantry also helps out nonprofit organizations and senior centers. “We’ve got a pretty big footprint,” Whitaker said. The current property was not built to store food and the other items the pantry provides, and this has become more difficult to work around as the pantry grows. Warehouse workers have difficulty getting to foods, and the workspace is no longer efficient. The goal of the pantry is to temporarily relieve struggling local families of the finances of buying groceries. Those families can then use what would be grocery money on bettering their situation, such as getting an education for better employment. Whitaker hopes to begin building by next March. The pantry will remain open in some warehouses in the back of the property while construction takes place. The pantry welcomes food donations to keep their shelves stocked and monetary donations to keep the center running. More information about the pantry can be found at www.cachefoodpantry.com. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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