Loaves & Fishes broke out the shovels for a symbolic groundbreaking on April first.
The not-for-profit announced reconfiguration plans for its market, which will focus on making nutritious foods readily available for their clients to benefit their health and wellness.
“We really expect to have a better experience, first and foremost for our clients, the food is more accessible, the nutritional food is front and center, but it will also improve the experience for our volunteers, the client backup and the client experience is directly related to the experience of our volunteers so in doing this we hope that it will make it better and more dignified for everyone,” said Interim President and CEO of Loaves & Fishes, Megan Selck.
The new design will be more like a farmer’s market with low tables holding bushel baskets full of non-refrigerated produce and bread, and perishables being placed along the perimeter of the store, just like in a regular market.
Costs for the changes were minimal thanks to the generosity of others: labor is done by volunteers, much of the equipment was donated from different jewels going through their own remodeling, and the biggest cost, a $32,000 refrigeration unit, was completely covered by grants from the UPS Foundation and the DuPage Foundation.
Loaves & Fishes will be open during construction and hopes to unveil the new area on June 12, their annual day without hunger event.
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