By JEAN CARTER
Citizen staff writer
The Preston City Council approved plans for an extension to the Preston Community Food Pantry and the pantry board is ready to begin the first stage, which will be site preparation, with construction to begin later this fall, said Pantry board member Steve Aust.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Utah Eccles Foundation, there is enough money to complete construction, and 90 percent of equipping the building.
A letter from the Eccles Foundation stated, “While it is rare for us to award grants outside of Utah, our directors appreciate your proximity to our state and the important need for you fill for so many disadvantaged families in the southern Idaho and northern Utah region.
“We extend our appreciation to your staff and volunteers for their commitment to your service, and we are pleased to join with you in helping you reach your goal.” The Eccles Foundation awarded $15,000 towards the Food Pantry’s expansion.
“The Preston Community Food Pantry is housed inside the city-owned Archery Building on west Oneida. The Pantry was given a lease which will extend to the year 2023, after which the lease will either be renegotiated or turned back to the city.
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