Kelowna meals financial institution is getting a brand new house
The Central Okanagan Food Bank is getting a new home – and it’s a massive upgrade from their current location.
Currently located at 1265 Ellis St, the food bank will be moving to 2310 Enterprise Way.
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The food bank established a New Building Committee three years ago and only found out about the new property in April.
According to Helen Holton, President of the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank Society, the new location is almost double the size of their current location on Ellis Street.
“Our new location is nearly 19,000 square feet, almost double our current location,” said Holton. “Ceiling heights are 18 and 24 feet versus the current 13, there are two loading docks and 23 on-site parking stalls. This property fit all our criteria in terms of size, features, location and visibility.”
The new space will allow the society to expand their current operations and add features that couldn’t exist in their current location.
For example, with a massive storefront area, the society will be able to create more of a grocery-style experience for clients by adding features such as reach-in coolers, freezers and display racking.
“This is an opportunity to do food banking differently,” said Parry. “We will create an inviting space where seniors and families feel welcome. We believe this new approach will improve self-worth and confidence among our clients, especially families, children and seniors and will reduce the stigma surrounding food banks and food insecurity.”
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