Potential new food warehouse to be built in Coos Bay

KCBY, Oct 2, 2007

Even though they are currently facing a food shortage along the South Coast, the agency in charge of distributing food to the hungry is in the beginning stages of building a state of the art food warehouse facility with the hope of filling shelves back to capacity.

An area along LaClair Street in Coos Bay is the potential site of a new 9,200 square foot South Coast Food Share warehouse.

South Coast Food Share, a program of Oregon Coast Community Action or ORCCA, is currently being housed in a warehouse facility on the Southwestern campus, but with no freezers or coolers, the program cannot accept frozen or cooled foods which affects the amount of food they can distribute.

The new $1.8 million dollar facility, would come equipped with the latest equipment including freezers, coolers and racking equipment which would allow for more frozen and fresh food distribution and storage.

“The big reason we need this warehouse is because there really isn’t a space that’s adequate to fit our needs here in Coos Bay. We’ve searched all our options and this is the one we think will work,” says ORCCA Grant Writer Margaret Barber.

Barber says that currently they are looking toward grant money from the Ford Family Foundation and others as well as community campaigning to raise funds.

If you are interested in placing a donation stop by the ORCCA offices in the Newmark Center in Coos Bay, the Autumn House Restaurant in North Bend and Kozy Kitchen Restaurants.