The food bank will have its own building on the Eagle Shelter grounds in the sports area. This solves the food bank housing problem.
Alderman Eline van Boxtel was proud to announce the good news to the city council on Thursday. “I am extremely happy that our efforts have yielded concrete results. On Monday, Eagle Shelter, Casade, the food bank and the municipality signed a letter of intent stating that the food bank can enter the Eagle Shelter site as a guest user.
By: Bernadette Klerx
A few weeks ago, the city council sounded the alarm bells because the food bank was at risk of becoming homeless. The food bank had to leave its current premises on the Planetenstraat on March 1. This building belongs to Casade, who wants to demolish the building to make way for housing. Rent had already been canceled in July of last year, but the food bank still had not been able to find a new roof over its head.
Partly at the insistence of the city council, an eventful search for new housing followed, in which the municipality and Casade had identified different options, such as a space near the Heuvelpark and the old post office. However, they were all abandoned for various reasons. Eagle Shelter had meanwhile indicated that he was very interested and open to initiatives aimed at making the hosting of the food bank possible.
It was very important for the food bank to have its own space. This wish is now coming true. In Dongen, around 40 families use the food bank. Pending the move to the Eagle Shelter site, the food bank will remain in the Planetenstraat building.