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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

St. Vincent de Paul dedicates new food storage facility

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Aug. 2, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

St. Vincent de Paul Council of Spokane held a grand opening July 16 for the new building that houses its food bank.

St. Vincent de Paul Council president George Vasil welcomed everyone and thanked those who made construction of the building possible. Randy Withrow, representing the City of Spokane, cut the ribbon tied across the service door opening.

Among the guests were Msgr. John Steiner, Vicar General of the Spokane Diocese, and Donna Hanson and Scott Cooper. Hanson is Bishop’s Secretary for Social Ministries; Cooper is head of the Parish Social Ministries Office.

Lunch followed immediately afterward.

The new food storage building has been in operation since February, but the St. Vincent Council decided to hold the grand opening after the paving work around the building was finished.

The new building has a small chapel and a large meeting room, several offices, and a huge storage area. Freezer space has been quadrupled.

The waiting room will hold 50-60 people, triple the number who could wait at the old facility. Volunteer Bruno Kensock said two, maybe even three, buildings the size of the old one could fit in the new.

The chapel is dedicated to Stan MacDonald, who drew up the plans and did much of the framing work of the building’s interior. MacDonald died before the building was completed.

Another important donor was the late Ed Devine, a retired banker who lived frugally and amassed a large estate, one-third of which was given to St. Vincent. The gift enabled St. Vincent officials to buy the materials and equipment needed for the interior. The food room is dedicated to Devine.

The food bank is located on the corner of Trent and Regal. It is open six hours a day, five days a week.

Families who qualify can receive one box of food in a month. “We usually load them up with a good-sized box,” Kensock said.

The old building is being used for electronics repair.


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