RAHNS PA – It’s not moving yet, if at all, but the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry is preparing for the possibility that it could leave its Gravel Pike location.
The building lease is expiring at the location from which the pantry has operated for some time. Its landlords, the pantry wrote in a recent blog post on its website, “have been very gracious” and offered to sell the property to the non-profit. That’s an option still being considered by the pantry board of directors.
In the interim, though, the current owners have begun marketing the site for public sale, the pantry reported. The chance exists that the location may be sold to another buyer before the board reaches its own purchasing decision.
So the pantry earlier this month (Nov. 9, 2016) made an open appeal on social media. It said it hopes to hear about other properties that may be available for purchase or lease in the Collegeville, Schwenksville or Zieglerville areas where it could continue its mission of serving families in need within the Perkiomen Valley School District and about 5 miles beyond. “We invite you to share any leads,” it asked Facebook readers.
Admittedly, not just any place will do.
The pantry is looking for usable space of about 7,000 square feet, with an option to add or expand if needed; a building that is handicapped accessible, commercially zoned, and accompanied by a minimum of 50 parking spaces; a climate-controlled environment, including well-insulated walls and roof, with adequate heating and air conditioning systems; available utilities including public water and sewer, electricity, and telephone and internet services; working bathrooms, also adequately accessible, and separate sink(s) for food product and container preparation.
If it had a preference, the pantry indicated, it probably would rather remain at the Rahns site. The board is exploring options simply “to make certain that it has as much information as possible.” Board members want to know they’ve considered all “buildings and properties that could accommodate both the current and foreseeable future needs,” the blog article added.
Not surprisingly, money plays a role too.
“Now more than ever, Daily Bread needs support in the form of volunteers, prayers, food donations, and financial donations. If we are going to be in a position to purchase the property, financial support for both operations and acquisition are essential. Daily Bread is now gratefully accepting financial donations in support of these efforts,” it said. Donations to its building fund can be made here.