Dear friend of MEND,
I have exciting news to share with you. As you may know, we’ve been looking for a new home for the Community Cupboard thrift store and food bank. I’m excited to announce that this month we began renting a space just up the street from the current Community Cupboard that will soon become the new thrift store.
The space is at 211 14th street, on the corner of Front Street and 14th Street, where Evergreen Accounting’s offices used to be. We’re thrilled to find a space like this – it has close proximity to the current Community Cupboard, is in the commercially-zoned area of Leavenworth but out of the main downtown, has great access to the highway and bus lines and has just the right amount of space for us. With 1,800 square feet, we’ll be able to increase the selection and variety of second-hand goods we sell, and improve the shopping experience for our customers.
The space will require some basic improvements, and we’ll be undertaking a small remodel of the space over the next couple of months. We plan to have the thrift store open for business in early spring of 2018.
Over the coming months, we’ll be working on deciding the best name for the new space, and we need your help! If you have ideas for names that capture the essence of the thrift store in Leavenworth, please send them our way by replying to this email or calling us at 548-0408.
You may be asking yourself why we are moving in the first place. Currently Upper Valley MEND’s Community Cupboard is home to both the food bank and the thrift store. The City of Leavenworth generously donates the space for the current Community Cupboard, but in the next few years they will be expanding their water treatment facility across the street and will need the space back. Knowing that we would need to move, we undertook an extensive feasibility study early in 2017. The study identified the thrift store as an area that could grow to better serve the community. It also determined that it would be advantageous to split the thrift store and food bank into two separate locations, ensuring more space in the best location for both services.
After the thrift store moves out of the current Community Cupboard, the food bank will be changed into a choice model. This model will operate more like a grocery store, where food bank clients can “shop” using a point system instead of money. This is the directions many food banks across the country are moving, to provide more flexibility for food bank clients to get the food they need during the times of the month when they need it.
As we get to the end of the year, it’s not too late to make a tax deductible donation to support the Community Cupboard. Your donation to the Community Cupboard provides access to monthly food boxes and daily food items for anyone who needs it in the Upper Valley. Your support ensures that no child or adult in the Upper Valley goes to bed hungry.
Thank you for following the journey as we move the Community Cupboard to a new home. We hope to see you at the new thrift store this coming spring!
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