“The idea is to move in the first day of July,” said Robert Lefebvre, spokesman for the Hawkesbury Central Food Bank board.
The non-profit group is waiting for a response to its application for a $30,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The money would go towards the estimated $45,000 budget needed for renovation work to part of the old OPP building on Cartier Boulevard that is the new future site of the food bank.
“To make it more accessible for the handicapped,” said Lefebvre, adding that the electrical panel also needs upgrading to accommodate the number of freezers used for storage of meat and other perishables.
Lefebvre expects a response later this month on the Ontario Trillium grant request. Meanwhile the food bank received $7000 from Food Bank Canada to buy some new freezers and also shelving for the building. Other renovation work involves general cleanup and repainting of the area dedicated to the food bank’s operation.
“There is very little actual conversion needed,” Lefebvre said.
Hawkesbury council approved a request last autumn to dedicate half of the old OPP building to the food bank. The current Main Street location is a two-storey house, which creates access problems for some clients.
The relocation means more storage space available for the non-profit group for donations of food and other basic necessities to help its clients. The Main Street location has about 2500-square-feet of storage space compared to more than 4000 square feet at the former OPP building.
When the new food bank opens for business in the summer, clients will be able to go there three days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The food bank will be closed for the first week of every month.