As of right now, there are no plans for food drops if no one takes it over

    North Country Food Bank will no longer be operating out of Crookston after they move to their new facility in East Grand Forks and has announced that their last day of operating the food shelf in Crookston will be October 17.

    Executive Director Susie Novak told the Times they have two groups they’ve been talking to about taking over the food shelf, but nothing has been set in stone. She said, as of now, there are no plans on food drops if no one takes the food shelf over.

    “We’re currently developing a contingency plan if no one takes it over,” Novak explained. “By November, we won’t have enough staff to manage it.”

    “We do have a couple good opportunities with two strong groups though,” she added.

    The food shelf currently operated by North Country serves approximately 250 families per month. If you are interested in helping with the food shelf, please contact North Country at 281-7356.

    The food shelf will be open the following dates and times:

    • September 30 - 12-4 p.m.

    • October 3 - 12-4 p.m.

    • October 7 - 12-4 p.m.

    • October 10 - 12-4 p.m.

    • October 14 - 12-4 p.m.

    • October 17 - 12-4 p.m. (last day operated by North Country)

THE BIG MOVE...

    In August, North Country Food Bank announced it will be moving to a facility in East Grand Forks. They’ve been working for three years to plan for a much-needed new building and had originally planned to build a new facility in Crookston, but an existing building large enough to house their operations became available in East Grand Forks.

    “It will not only allow North Country to improve service to those in need, but it will do so in a way that allows for the most responsible use of available resources,” read a media release. “It is estimated acquiring the existing building in East Grand Forks versus building new in Crookston will save North Country more than $4 million.”

    North Country anticipates moving its entire operation to its new location by the end of 2019. Some staff may begin making the transition as early as November 2019 which resulted in the decision to stop operations at the food shelf in Crookston October 17.