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North Valley Food Bank Get New Facility

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KALISPELL - The North Valley Food Bank in Whitefish plans to break ground at their new facility next Friday.

Members at the North Valley Food Bank are excited to break ground for their new facility in just days after spending more than 20 years in their current first street location.

"Its not a real user friendly work space, with the high number client families that coming  in, our new facility will be built to suit our needs,"  Food Bank Volunteer Phillis Garlitz said.

Since the 1970's Food Bank Director June Feenan has spent half her life distributing, clothing and feeding the needy around the valley.

Last year the food bank helped more than 7000 households by giving them over 300 pounds of food.

Feenan said she enjoys helping the community but over-crowding issues are hindering her and her staff members from performing their job.

"We're crowded, I know we can do a better job and it will be safer for our food and for our people because they're crowded out here in the streets carrying boxes across the busy street," Feenan said.

The new facility located on Flathead Avenue will cost the food bank $1.5 million to build.

So far, the bank has raised more than $800,000 for the project. The 4,748 square foot facility will include a parking lot and loading dock with extra storage space to store food.
Phillis said the new office space will make her clients feel right at home..

"The new building will actually have an office and a desk where someone can sit down and talk about their concerns and I think that will alleviate or make them feel more comfortable,"  Garlitz said.

While the food bank continues to reach their fundraising goal feenan wants to thank the community for their overwhelming financial support.

"Some of the business people in this town our tremendous, we have some that haven't reached me and I'm still looking for a couple to help me, but they've been so good to us,"  Feenan said.

If you would like to donate to the bank click here.

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