New Food Bank Facility Will Help More South Coast Residents Deal with Hard Times

City: Coos Bay, OR

Work is now under way on construction of a new community food bank in Coos County thanks to $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA).

Officials from Oregon Coast Community Action and Coos County broke ground on the site for the new food bank warehouse in late June on Laclair Street in Coos Bay. Local officials said the new food bank will be able to feed more hungry families on the South Coast and serve as a gathering space and distribution hub to reduce hunger.

Becky Bryant, a regional coordinator with IFA, said the new facility will allow for 50% more food to be distributed, jumping from two million to three million pounds a year. The new food bank is expected to open in the spring of 2012.

The $1.6 million facility, financed with the CDBG grant plus a matching amount from other partners, will construct a 12,000-square-foot warehouse including a freezer, cooler and racking equipment. The warehouse will have appropriately-sized docks for pick-up and delivery from both large and small vehicles. The building design also will take into consideration energy efficient materials as well as natural lighting and ventilation measures.

This project is made possible by the partnership and support of Coos County, recipient of federal grant funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program through the Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority. Other funders include the Ford Family Foundation, The Emergency Food Assistance Program Infrastructure Grant Program, the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation and donations from our neighbors.