Community Action Powers Makeover

Wow. Community Action Center has done an ambitious remodel of the Food Shelf and Clothes Closet, and the place looks great.   

Clothes Closet Reopens after RemodelingThe Clothes Closet reopened yesterday – new dressing rooms, easy-to-browse racks, sleek display shelves for housewares, and lots of new clothes to check out. Clothes Closet averages 25 to 30 shoppers a day . . . and most of the regulars have already stopped in. All the merchandise is donated; all Clothes Closet revenue helps fund Community Action Center programs. It’s a great way to clean out a wardrobe (or fill in a wardrobe) and contribute to those in need.

The Food Shelf opens its new space on Thursday. The new layout has wider aisles for Food Shelf Readies New Spaceshopping carts, more efficient storage space, and a slick new prep area for washing and sorting fresh produce. It’s a substantial set-up for a busy operation: the Food Shelf helps feed 1,400 people a month. It provides over 600,000 pounds of food a year for 500 Northfield families.  Everyone gets fresh produce, baked goods, meat, milk and cheese – a nutritious mix. CAC’s buying power goes a long way: What you’d get for $200 at the supermarket, CAC can get for $50 at the food bank.

A donation of $70 feeds a family of four for a week.

The renovation took two months, dozens of volunteers – including local contractors – and most of CAC’s 14 staffers. The Food Shelf never shut down during the two-month renovation; staff and volunteers ran the operation in the hallways of the NCRC.    

CAC didn’t need a capital campaign to fund the project. Its base of local donations – including donations through Northfield Area United Way – covered the cost. Now THAT’S community action.

Congrats to Jim Blaha, the CAC staff, the many volunteers and donors who made it happen.

Jim Blaha and Steph at the Food Shelf  Food Shelf volunteers stock the new shelves Food Shelf volunteers stock the new shelves  Clothes Closet Renovation Clothes Closet shoppers . . . and one of many volunteers

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