Food bank needs support to build a new home

The South County Community Food Bank (SCCFB) Board is looking to relocate the food bank distribution center, and to build a structure suitable to accommodate the needs of the community for years to come.

 There are approximately 10 properties being reviewed as potential locations. The Seaside Chamber of Commerce made it a top priority to assist in this endeavor. Other organizations have also made a commitment. They are: Seaside Community Foundation, Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District, Regional Food Bank, Clatsop Community Action, Seaside Rotary, City of Seaside and partners from the private sector.

Information gathered from a recent survey of clients is helping to determine the needs of our community. In February a SCCFB committee visited other food banks to glean knowledge from their structures and best practices. These visits were very helpful to the team in terms of determining what is needed in the Seaside area. A full report was given at Feb. 23 SCCFB meeting.

Grant writing teams are hard at work, looking for grant funds for the building project. However, the funding they secure will not provide enough to make ends meet. To date, $31,000 has been collected. The full project will likely cost $400,000.

Public input will be encouraged at a town hall meeting, date to be determined. Donations can be made through the Seaside Community Foundation, PO Box 7, Seaside, OR 97138. Please make checks out to SCCFB/Building Fund. Questions can be directed to Al Smiles, Seaside Chamber of Commerce director, 503-738-6391, or visit our website:

Al Smiles

Seaside Chamber of Commerce Director