Fairbanks food bank opens new volunteer clubhouse

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks Community Food Bank (FCFB) has developed a Volunteer Clubhouse on South Cushman Street.

The new Volunteer Clubhouse is expected to open in mid-July (Alex Bengel/KTVF)

Previously housing Variety Motors, the building was secured and remodeled with funds donated by Dennis and Mary Wise, and through donations from the community intended for this specific purpose.

According to FCFB Chief Executive Officer Anne Weaver, the new clubhouse is intended to serve multiple purposes, including a place for the food bank to show its appreciation for its volunteers.

The building contains a warehouse for overflow storage in addition to the food bank’s main warehouse.

Weaver said the building will also be used by organizations around the community to host classes teaching a variety of subjects. While this use will be open to the public, organizations with ties to the food bank will be prioritized.

Weaver hopes that eventually the building can be used for packaging and other purposes, but said that the building’s use will evolve.
According to her, the acquisition of the building began before the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“This building was actually purchased with the intention of expanding our ability to be flexible and maneuverable in the times of an emergency. And lo and behold, right in the middle of remodeling this building, a big, national, worldwide emergency ended up hitting,” she said.

Weaver said the building is expected to open in mid-July of this year.

More information about the new building can be found by contacting the food bank at 907-457-4273.

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