Written by Devon Boen
The Wolf Point Food Bank will be closing its doors at its current location after six and half years. The food bank and thrift store have provided for low-income families through food baskets that are funded by thrift store purchases.
In a May meeting, the Wolf Point Community Organization board decided to no longer rent space to the food bank since it is a part of the same building as the Silverwolf Casino and WPCO is considering expanding the casino.
Darlene Johnson, the supervisor of the food bank, said the committee wanted her to downsize so they could use the extra space. Johnson said this was an impossibility considering their inventory.
In turn, Johnson has to close completely by next month and currently has nowhere to move the food bank. Rising rent prices due to oil boom combined with the fact that WPCO subsidizes her rent next to Silverwolf Casino has made it difficult for Johnson to find another location for the food bank. She said she is looking for an affordable storage space at the moment.
Johnson said it gives out food baskets to 70 households a month. Last month, it fed 98 children under 18, 95 adults 18-55, and over 40 seniors over the age of 55.
The baskets provided can feed a family three days’ worth of meals and Johnson believed many would be without a food source once the doors shut on the food bank this Friday.
The leftover food inventory will be redistributed to other food banks.
Although the food bank will close this week, the thrift store will remain open since Johnson has until Dec. 15 to be completely moved out of the location.