By: Joe Gruber
In all honesty, it still seems more than a little surreal. Even though we’ve been fundraising for our new food bank home for over four years now, and we’ve made incredible progress toward our $3.6 million campaign goal – we are 88% of the way there – the idea that we will have a new food bank in just a few short months still seems rather unbelievable. And while we haven’t even moved out yet, I’m feeling a little nostalgic. I’m going to miss the warren of overcrowded rooms and closets we occupy here at University Christian Church. That said, I am really excited about our new food bank at University Commons and all its potential for the community.
When we broke ground last June, it didn’t take long for noticeable progress to be made. The foundation was poured and all the walls erected over the summer. The roof was on and the building all sealed up from the elements before Thanksgiving. And as I met with folks in the neighborhood, everyone commented on the progress. Or, as a friend who works across the street was quick to point out, we knew that things were happening because we could hear all the heavy construction equipment backing up…beep, beep, beep, beep.
There’s plenty of work still to be done before we can call this our home. Our first distribution day in our new space won’t be until July [knock on wood]. But next time you’re at Scarecrow Video or at the U-District branch of the Seattle Public Library, I invite you to pause a moment, peer through the fence, and check out our progress.