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Community Kitchen of Monroe County Expanding Operations

Community Kitchen of Monroe County hopes to begin renovating their new facility by March.

Members from the community gathered on south Rogers street in Bloomington Monday outside what will become the new Community Kitchen of Monroe County.  Community Kitchen Executive Director Vicki Pierce said she’s eager to move in before the end of the summer.

“The contractors are ready to go, were just trying to secure the construction loan we need to make sure we have payment from beginning to end,” Pierce said. “They are ready to go anytime so long as we get started in March, we could easily be in by July or August.”

Renovation of the former factory could cost as much as a million dollars, but the organization has only secured about 60 percent of the money, following a 100-thousand dollar donation from Bloomington’s First United Church. City Council member Tim Mayer said Community Kitchen has also been offered incentives to make the move.

“There has been some funding through the community development block grant process, and there will be, hopefully, some funding through the Jack Hopkins social service fund,” Mayer said.

At its current location, Community Kitchen has not been able to store food. The new facility will afford on-site storage, increased kitchen space and double the dining space.

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