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Food Bank Expansion Will Help More Island Residents in Need

The Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo continues to expand its reach with plans to build a new 2300 square-metre warehouse to better serve Vancouver Island communities.

The non-profit organization has been chosen by Food Banks BC to be a food distribution hub, and the BC government is providing a grant of $7-Million to support construction of the new facility.

The city of Nanaimo is giving Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank a 30-year lease on city owned property at a cost of ten dollars.

The new warehouse includes food recovery operations and will expand food collection and distribution capacity to better help rural and indigenous communities from Ladysmith to Port Alberni, Comox, and North to Port Hardy.

The new building will have a storage area for food, offices, a pickup location, and a sorting area for its recycling program Empties 4 Food.

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Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Peter Sinclair says since the COVID-19 pandemic, its services have been expanded to communities across the Island.

Deborah Murray of the A-Frame Church in Port McNeill says there is a problem with food waste on Vancouver Island and the expansion helps keep surplus food from ending up in the dump.

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