The South County Community Food Bank served a steady stream of customers on Thursday, Nov. 9, after a two-week closure for what board members announced as internal restructuring.
“This is our second day of being open since we reopened on Tuesday,” Board President Darren Gooch said. “It’s been fantastic. It’s been overwhelmingly positive.”
Gooch and fellow board member Reita Fackerell stocked shelves as patrons selected food from neatly stacked aisles and browsed the freezer cases.
In the back of the trailer, fresh fruit, vegetables and packaged foods stood ready for distribution.
About 30 patrons came in on Tuesday; about the same number were expected on Thursday, Gooch said.
“Everybody’s been really positive, everything is organized,” Gooch said. “We haven’t missed a beat.”
The food bank, at 2041 N. Roosevelt Drive, was launched with donations from a Seaside grocery in 1981 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1986.
It is associated with Clatsop Community Action and is an affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank Network.
Karla Gann served as managing director of the food bank until Oct. 27, when the management transition was announced by board members.
During the two-week period of the closure, extra product was funneled to pantries in Cannon Beach and Gearhart, Gooch said, with each location serving about 20 additional patrons.
The food bank’s hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m., a reduction from two hours of service four days a week.
“We are going to feel it out, to get a sense of whether we need more or how that’s going to go,” Gooch said. “So far, the cadence has been really good.”