The city has spent $1.3 million to secure a piece of land to help Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank expand its operations.
The City of Nanaimo, in a press release Wednesday, Dec. 8, announced it has bought 1861 East Wellington Rd., a vacant lot that is being used by Loaves and Fishes as storage for their Empties 4 Food program.
The city says the purchase supports the charitable organization’s efforts to build a new food distribution warehouse, as Loaves and Fishes says it has outgrown its warehouse on Fry Street downtown. City council will consider a 30-year lease of the East Wellington Road property to Loaves and Fishes at a council meeting later this month. The new property is already zoned for warehouse use.
“We are incredibly grateful to the City of Nanaimo for purchasing the land for our much-needed warehouse expansion,” said Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes executive director, in the release. “By investing in the Loaves and Fishes infrastructure we will be able to provide an increasing abundance of food for people in need throughout our community for years to come.”
Mayor Leonard Krog said council was very supportive of Loaves and Fishes’ request to the city.
“Loaves and Fishes does excellent work in our community providing a much-needed service to a growing segment of our society,” the mayor said.
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