Redmond Rep. Jack Zika on Monday announced he is dedicating $800,000 in discretionary federal COVID relief funds to the NeighborImpact Warehouse Expansion Capital Campaign.
NeighborImpact’s Food Bank serves Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of individuals served by the food bank increased from 22,000 monthly to a peak of 34,000.
The existing warehouse was built in 1992 and distributes more pounds of food per square foot than any other food bank in the 21-agency state food banking network, even before COVID-19.
In order to keep up with the increasing need for food locally, and to ensure health code compliance, NeighborImpact is now engaged in a capital campaign to raise $5 million for a warehouse expansion.
The project components include the addition of approximately 6,400 square feet to the existing warehouse, enclosure of the outdoor freezer and cooler, improvements to loading and unloading areas, upgrade to the power supply and rooftop solarization to harden the system against power loss and an HVAC upgrade to heat and cool the building year round.
With the federal COVID grant, private donations and a grant from the Maybell Clark Macdonald Fund, the Food Bank has secured $1.04 million toward the $5 million expansion campaign.
NeighborImpact would like to express appreciation to Rep. Zika for his leadership in dedicating these funds and for expressing his concerns for those experiencing hunger in Central Oregon.