On August 16, 2017, The Crisis Center announced it was taking on a major endeavor: a year-long campaign to expand the food bank warehouse.
Exactly one year later, on August 16, 2018, the community celebrated its completion.
Every aspect of the project was made possible by generous businesses, groups, and individuals. From the University of Iowa Community Credit Union who kicked off the project with a $45,000 community match, to Adamantine Spine Moving who finished up the last leg of the project with a $25,000 match.
Grants played a major role as well. The City of Iowa City contributed a $95,000 Community Development Block Grant. Another grant from Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Iowa City Downtown funded a walk-in cooler to hold a wider variety of fresh, healthy foods. Sustainability Grants from Johnson County funded a new energy-efficient air conditioner and furnace as well as windows and LED lighting—all estimated to provide The Crisis Center about $5,000 per year in energy savings.
With the help of incredible community partners like the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Adamantine Spine Moving, The Crisis Center overcame an unexpected cost increase, raising $100,000 more than was anticipated when starting the campaign. Thanks to amazing, flexible staff and volunteers, the food bank never once had to close during construction. It was a little cramped from time to time, but we never stopped providing services to the nearly 13,000 clients who count on it to meet their food needs each week.
Dianne Cahalan Salling, who has volunteered in the food bank for four years now, says that it used to be difficult to find the food items she was looking for in the warehouse.
“Now it’s so organized that it almost looks empty sometimes!” she said.
Clients also now have a much better experience. More space in the warehouse has also meant more space in the client shopping area where they choose the food items that suit their families’ needs.
“Since the construction, everything has been great,” said Frank, a food bank client. “It’s a lot quicker and easier to get food here now.”