Nederland Food Pantry offers new building to meet demand

NEDERLAND, Colo. — For more than three decades, the Nederland Food Pantry has served thousands of people in the region from tip to tip. The pantry also manages a clothes closet and a garden.

Currently they operate out of the Nederland Community Center in a wing that has been due for demolition for some time. In addition, the demand has increased significantly over the years and the pantry needs more space.

“This space was really never meant to meet such a need that we have in our community,” said Nederland Food Pantry executive director Nicole Cavalino. “With rising gas prices, food supply chain issues, just people really struggling to pay their basic bills…we have to grow with the needs of our community.”

A proposal for a new building in the parking lot of the community center will be heard by the Nederland city council on Tuesday evening.

“This driveway that’s now the entrance to the community center, we’re going to be on the south side of this driveway,” Cavalino said. “We’re presenting a 2,500 square foot footprint of a steel building, but with the accessibility of two stories…If that comes to fruition and the city allows us to move into that area, it would be really, really advantageous to stay in the center and always be next to the community emergency preparedness center, that sort of thing.

If the board approves the new building, the pantry will begin fundraising for the project, which is expected to cost between $1.5 million and $2 million.

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