City May Use CARES Funds to Assist Becker County Food Pantry Relocate

City May Use CARES Funds to Assist Becker County Food Pantry Relocate Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - The city of Detroit Lakes is considering using some of their CARES Funds to assist the Becker County Food Pantry.

The City has received $714,000 in federal funding which can be used to support services and grants to businesses, hospitals and individuals impacted by the pandemic.

Mayor Matt Brenk indicated that some of those funds could go to help the Becker County Food Pantry acquire a new building, "Their building is very small and cramped, and when people are coming in they're not able to social distance; so they really need a new facility."

The food pantry currently located on Rossman Ave near the Kent Freeman Arena has been serving low-income residents of Becker County with food and supplies since 1983.

One of the buildings the city and the Food Pantry has an eye on is the current MANNA Food Co-op on the Northside of Detroit Lakes which will soon be vacant after the Co-op moves to their new location downtown on Washington Avenue in Norby Flats.

The City will likely finalize their plans for the disposition of CARES funds at a special meeting next week.

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