Coeur d'Alene food bank remodeled to look like a grocery store

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 7:20 PM

COEUR D'ALENE-- The Community Action Partnership in Coeur d'Alene is going through a major renovation to help thousands of people struggling to put food on the table.

Construction crews are busting out the power tools to give the food bank a new look.  The frame work is up to make the place look more like a grocery store.  The renovation will update the floor space which has not changed since the late 1990s.  In that time, the population in the area and the need for the food bank has grown.

6,000 families have come in this year for food.  They will still be able to get it during the remodel.

While the demand is growing, donations are shrinking.  The facility is getting 49,000 fewer pounds of food than in 2011.  Officials hope the make-over will change the vibe of the place.

"I want them to feel like they had a good experience rather than if they got food and were run through like cattle," said Program Manager Carolyn Shewfelt.  "To me, the most important thing is dignity; that is just wonderful because we're changing the experience."

Several of the construction items are donated from local businesses.  Construction is expected to be finished by November.

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