Press Release: Capital Campaign
(Moncton, N.B. – July 26, 2017) - The Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA) is very pleased to announce the organization has achieved the $1,000,000 capital campaign fundraising objective with respect to the Peter McKee Community Food Centre.
The campaign was kicked off last September by honorary chairman Mr. Robert Irving with a $100,000 pledge. Over the past ten months contributions at various amounts have come from all three levels of government, service organizations, foundations, individuals and the business community.
The Medavie Health Foundation was one such group that contributed $150,000 towards the creation of the “teaching kitchen” which was completed earlier this month. Renovations to create the teaching kitchen cost $325,000 while an additional $56,000 was spent on appliances and equipment.
In addition to the kitchen the facility consists of a food centre, thrift store, community garden, community boardroom and a GED classroom. The remainder of the funds raised will go to the purchase of the building ($250,000), building renovations ($275,000), a new boiler ($56,000), and the installation of an HVAC system ($43,000).
“We want to thank Mr. Irving for his support of this campaign and of course all of those who contributed towards our one-million-dollar goal” said FDA board president Dale Hicks. “The transformation of the building over the past year from a gymnasium to what you see today has been very rewarding both for our organization and the community in general”.
The Peter McKee Community Food Centre serves close to 1500 families per month which equates to over 64,000 meals in that same period. The Centre is open to those who reside within the City of Moncton.
In addition to the Peter McKee Centre, FDA provides food to over 30 other groups and agencies in southeastern N.B. and most recently partnered with the New Brunswick Food Banks Association to become the distribution centre for food banks in the province.
Dale Hicks Chantal Senecal
President Executive Director