‘Feeding your neighour’: Regina Food Bank set to open new downtown location – Regina
The Regina Food Bank has officially secured a new location to help create a new food center in downtown Regina.
On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan government announced that Regina Food Bank would purchase the former SLGA building at 1881 Broad St. for $750,000.
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The new location will act as a choice-based model for the panel’s users.
“When you enter the space, it’s going to be more like a grocery store,” said John Bailey, CEO of Regina Food Bank.
“There still won’t be a charge for people to access it, but instead of our traditional way of bringing food to people, which would hinder it, there will be shelves and aisles filled with food where people do that.” product they need, process and select to meet their nutritional needs and tastes.”
The current food bank location on Winnipeg Street will continue to operate as normal and continue to serve as the shipping hub for the city.
“It will be the main point for our door-to-door delivery,” Bailey said.
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The food bank hopes the new downtown location will allow for greater outreach and deeper connections with other nonprofit organizations in the city.
“It actually creates 110 percent better access to people using our service,” Bailey said, citing proximity to people using the plaque and transportation hubs in the area as two big factors in reaching more people .
Bailey said the condition of the building, which is currently in pretty good shape, and the location are two reasons the team decided to purchase the property.
“The bones of the building are really fantastic,” he said. “A lot of the interior needs to be redone again to update it, modernize it and make sure it’s inviting and also make sure it’s kind of energy efficient.”
Although no date is currently set for the new location to open, Bailey said they are currently in the process of designing and revitalizing the space to meet the needs of the board.
“When you talk about feeding our community, the real point is feeding your neighbor,” Bailey said. “Everyone has a role to play in this and we believe this location will really help us with that.”
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