Ottawa food pantry making changes to give clients more choices

Ottawa food pantry making changes to give clients more choices

The Ottawa Community Food Basket is raising $30,000 to $40,000 for remodeling. That work will be done in January to turn it into something more like a grocery store. Co-director Beth Vercolio Osmund showed volunteers a design plan during an appreciation dinner Tuesday night.

The food pantry will be closed for three weeks during the interior remodeling. Its outreach services at other locations in the area will continue during the closure.

Co-director Marissa Vicich says the support model, called client-select, is something the people who run the food pantry have been thinking about for years.

Vicich says now is the right time to do it because of the number of volunteers available to make it work. There are 30 to 40 regular volunteers and more who are available occasionally or for special events.

Ottawa Community Food Basket Co-director Beth Vercolio Osmund shows the floor plan during an appreciation dinner.
The floor plan