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Food bank relocated, blessed in Brewster
the Inland Register
(From the April 19, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
Father Matthew Nicks (center), pastor of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp, blessed the newly relocated Catholic Charities Food Bank on March 15. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)
Father Matthew Nicks, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Brewster, officiated at a blessing ceremony March 15 to celebrate the opening of Catholic Charities’ Brewster Food Bank at 301 S. 4th St. in Brewster.
The Brewster Food Bank formerly operated as an outreach program of St. James Episcopal Church until the church was closed last fall. The food bank continued to operate in the basement of the church while the group searched for a new home and the resources needed to transition.
Catholic Charities Spokane, which serves more than 77,000 people annually throughout the 13 counties of Eastern Washington, realized the Food Bank could be a very meaningful way for the agency to be of further service to the people in the Brewster area. Working with Sacred Heart Parish, they identified a small building on parish grounds, and renovations began in December.
According to Scott Cooper, Parish Social Ministry Director for Catholic Charities, “The community had the volunteers and commitment; the parish had the available space, and Catholic Charities had the capacity to be the legal and fiscal agent. It’s a great example of collaboration to maintain a vital service.”
The first distribution day at the new site was March 1. The same core group of volunteers who worked so hard to keep the food bank alive in Brewster continues to serve the many people they have gotten to know over the years.
The Catholic Charities Brewster Food Bank is open from 9-10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Typically, 8-10 volunteers serve about 570 clients each week. The majority of food items are obtained through Okanogan County Community Action Council, along with seasonal produce and local food drives donated by the community.
“The Brewster community has been very generous in donating much of the renovation costs to make the building suitable, and Catholic Charities is privileged to work with Sacred Heart Parish to expand our outreach to rural parts of the diocese,” said Cooper.
For more information contact Scott Cooper at 509-358-4273 or firstname.lastname@example.org