Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Town Council agrees to support McMan Agency's proposal to operate Pincher Creek Food Bank

Toni Lucas

McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association met with members of Napi Friendship Association, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Brighter Futures, and the councils of the Town and MD of Pincher Creek on Wednesday, May 21 to discuss the possibility of McMan taking over the operation of the Food Bank. "The whole town is pulling together to make this happen," said Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg.  The proposal was originally presented  to Town Council on March 28, 2014.

McMan offers support in the area for families with special needs and youths and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), as part of their services. McMan has proposed that they assume a two year commitment to operate the Pincher Creek Food Bank starting on July 1, 2014. According to the proposal the food bank is to stay in its present location, with Napi Friendship Association offering a reduced rate of $850 a month on the rental of the building.

 McMan made a request to councils for the MD of Pincher Creek and the Town of Pincher Creek to commit to providing $1,000 a month in funding each for 12 months  followed by $500 a month each  for 12 months in the second year of the plan. In a letter from McMan South Region Executive Director Chris Christie said "Our goal by the end of the two year project to have base funding/campaigns in place to continue the food bank operation with little to no support from the two governing bodies." According to the  letter McMan will be seeking support from FCSS, internal reserves, government grants, and corporate sponsorship. They also plan to work with other agencies, the faith based community, corporations, and Piikani Nation.

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met on the evening of Monday, May 26.   During the meeting Council unanimously accepted the proposal as presented.

Related story:  Pincher Creek Town Council notes from April 28, 2014 meeting

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