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Food Pantry expansion unveiled at Crisis Center

Employees and guests at the Crisis Center in Johnson County celebrate a new food bank expansion to offer more space and choices to clients as well as much needed storage.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) - The Crisis Center in Johnson County says it took a year to make it happen, but a major expansion of the facility food bank unveiled Thursday evening will make life better for the more than 19,000 food insecure residents in the county. Development Director Sara Sedlacek says the nearly half million dollar project on Gilbert Court gives clients much more room to pick up basic food items and browse a growing supply of fresh produce.

It also adds desperately needed space to a warehouse that has always been stacked to the ceiling in the past. The food pantry has been the same basic size since 2003, even though the number of families helped and the food required has nearly tripled in that time. The Crisis Center now assists more than 1,000 families and distributes more than a million and a half pounds of food every year.

Sedlacek says the $430,000 expansion was possible with the incredible generosity of many donors, but especially thanks to an Iowa City Block Grant and matching gifts from University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Adamantine Spine Moving.

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