Buy a brick month at Airdrie Food Bank
The Airdrie Food Bank recently launched its Buy a Brick promotion.
The campaign is a month-long fundraising initiative in an effort to raise money for the organization’s new building, slated to open in the spring of 2014.
According to Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie, this new $1.2-million building has been a long time in the making and through fundraising initiatives, the staff have raised close to 70 per cent of that amount.
“We’ve been saving for this new building since 2007,” said McRitchie.
“We always say it takes a community to build a food bank and the community has been great with raising money, whether it be from a garage sale, or a bake sale, or a fun run.”
The Buy a Brick promotion will be selling “bricks” for $100 each, which are actually personalized plates that will adorn a community feature wall in the new facility. Donors who purchase a brick will have their own personal message engraved on the plate and displayed for all who pass through the food bank to see.
“Having your message displayed and seeing what an impact you can have is a powerful thing,” said McRitchie. “It’s a permanent way of showing how the community has an affect on what we do.”
An anonymous donor has committed to contributing $50 for every brick that is purchased and the City has provided the land that the food bank will be leasing for their new building.
McRitchie said the new building will be a community facility that will do more than just hand out food.
“We’ll be keeping our old warehouse, but this new building will feature a community kitchen where we’ll be able to teach classes,” said McRitchie. “We will be able to teach people how to create a food budget, and how to shop for and prepare these foods; by doing this we are enabling these people to become stronger.”
The move to the new building will be an upgrade from a facility of 2,100 square feet to a one that is more than 6,000 square feet.
Community groups will be able to rent the kitchen to run programs such as cooking classes. McRitchie hopes the rental space will create sustainability for the food bank.
“The hope is that this will allow the food bank to sustain itself, rather than having to always rely on donations,” said McRitchie. “We’re very thankful for all the support the community has shown us and we hope that with this new building we can evolve from just an emergency program to a community support facility.”
Anyone interested in buying a brick during the month of October can contact the Airdrie Food Bank at