The McPherson County Food Bank could be finished with its additions and renovations as early as July 20.
Construction on a 2,000-square-foot addition began in April. The expansion, which extends to the north of the current building at 707 S. Main St., includes more seating in the waiting room, an office in which families will be able to fill out paperwork and several more areas of storage space. In addition, an ADA-compliant bathroom was added to the southeast part of the building.
Elmer Hanson, long-time volunteer, said the addition is mostly complete. The majority of work left is renovations in the older portion of the facility, which will serve as additional storage space. The walls need to be painted, and the floor needs to be repaired and given new carpet.
One hiccup in the process was the addition of a walk-in freezer on the east side of the building. Hanson said organizers originally thought they could obtain one at little or no cost, but ended up needing to spend about $30,000.
Organizers also hoped to repave the parking lot, but this project will have to be delayed until more funds are obtained.
“We've been working in the dirt long enough,” he said. “I hope we start feeling like we’re not so cramped, and I hope our clients will be patient as we adjust and serve them.”
A capital campaign that began in August has raised more than $248,000 in donations and pledges toward the project. It began as volunteers began to see increases in demand for food in the last five years.
The McPherson Food Bank is open from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 2 to 4:45 p.m. Fridays for those needing assistance. For more information, call 241-8050.