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Foothills Food Bank seeking donations for needed expansion

11/7/2015

Tara Alatorre
Staff

CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank, located in Cave Creek, announced that growing demands for its services in the community have caused it to seek a 2,000 square foot expansion with an estimated cost of $350,000, which it plans on financing through donations, according to its September newsletter.

The food bank first constructed its current facilities, located on Hidden Valley Drive, in 2013 to provide food staples as well as resources for state and federal assistance programs for several communities, including: North Phoenix, North Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Anthem, New River, and Black Canyon City. The Foothills Food Bank’s demands have steadily increased in the communities it serves, and it is expected that the trend will continue into the foreseeable future, according to campaign coordinator Dave Loewith’s press release.

“While the national economy has started to grow modestly, that is not occurring at the same pace in our local communities,” he said in the press release. “It has become apparent that the food bank requires another expansion of its facilities.”

The project will include a significant expansion of cold storage facilities, dry-storage shelving, packing facilities, and client reception areas. The food bank will have to obtain a permit from the town of Cave Creek in order to proceed, which has not yet happened.
 
However, not everyone is pleased about the expansion, one Cave Creek resident, Kathy Jones, has lived on Hidden Valley Drive for 15 years, she told the council that the food bank has caused nothing but problems for the neighborhood, and she hopes the council considers this before approving any permits for the expansion.
                 
“Since they moved in there have been rodents, homeless, and vandalism,” Jones said while speaking at the Cave Creek Council meeting on October 5.  “It’s been one thing after another.”

No one else spoke on the matter during the public comment period.

In an email interview, Food Bank Executive Director Pam DiPietro noted that the food bank is not expanding to two stories.

In response to people in the community against the expansion, DiPietro noted in the email interview that, “We are looking in a new direction, but are not ready to make comment. Let's simply say that we are continuing to pursue the building of an addition to the food bank."

The food bank has currently earned $75,000 of its donation goal of $350,000. Construction may begin as early as next year. 

The Foothills Food Bank is accepting online donations in any denomination for the building expansion at http://www.foothillsfoodbank.com/building-fund.