Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
FOOD distribution, as well as nutrition education and community outreach, will happen at the new FISH site on Tucker Road.
As of Friday, April 17, 2015
The long-awaited FISH Food Bank site will open on May 4 for food distribution.
The site is located at 1130 Tucker Road, across from the bowling alley and next to Our Redeemer Lutheran/Asbury United Methodist Church.
Distribution hours for the new site will remain the same, with distribution starting at 3:30 p.m. on May 4.
The Pine Street Hood River FISH Food Bank site will close its doors at noon on May 2. For details call FISH Food Bank at 541-386-3474.
Simurdak Construction is general contractor on the project, which includes FISH offices, food storage and distribution areas, a waiting room and full scale community kitchen. The new food bank is built on land donated by Our Redeemer, and is made possible by a capital campaign drawing on about 600 individuals donors as well as grant funding.
When open, it will replace the Hood River site, but the Odell, Parkdale and Cascade Locks sites will continue to operate as well.
Construction on the Hood River project will be complete around the middle of April, according to Chuck Bugge of the FISH building committee.
“The committee agreed that our most important issue is to be ready to serve our community,” Bugge said.
Later this month volunteers will begin assembling shelving and moving food and supplies on site.
FISH is also scheduling training of volunteers on new protocol and adjustments to a new environment.
The committee has set June 20 as a date for a community open house.
Meanwhile, construction workers are not the only ones busy at the new facility. Hood River Middle School students have created a mural in the waiting room to welcome visitors.