After 20 years at its present location, the Resource Center of Dallas’ food pantry is being forced to move at the end of the year. Rafael McDonnell, a spokesman for RCD, said center officials recently got word that the landlord wants to remodel the building that houses the food pantry (on Cedar Springs Road behind Crossroads Market). If you’ll remember, this same landlord was in the news last year when it appeared as though Crossroads itself might be forced to close. After the jump is the letter RCD is distributing to food pantry clients beginning today. The letter states that RCD plans to continue offering services at the current location through the holidays. The full text of the letter is after the jump. For more on this developing story, see Friday’s Dallas Voice.
UPDATE: Here is an excerpt from a press release that was just sent out.
â€œRight now, we plan to offer our pantry services at the current location through the holiday season, and will be moving elsewhere in January,â€ said Mike McKay, executive director of Resource Center of Dallas. â€œWe are working to find a new location for the pantry that will be as convenient as possible to our clients. This includes access to public transportation,â€ he added.
The timing is especially challenging for the Center. At this time of year, the pantry traditionally experiences a dramatic increase in the demand for food and services due to the holiday season with individual HIV/AIDS client numbers swelling to over 1,500 a week. â€œThe cost of this move is a huge, unbudgeted expense at a time of year when the demand for our services is increasing and our existing resources are already stretched thin,â€ McKay said.
After 20 years, Resource Center of Dallas has been notified by the landlord of our food pantry that our lease is not being renewed as of December 31. That means we will have to move.
Right now, we plan to offer our pantry services at the current location through the holiday season, and will be moving elsewhere in January. At the same time, we are working to find a new location for the pantry that will be as convenient as possible for you and our other clients. This includes access to public transportation. Once we have found a new home for the pantry, we will let you know where it is and when the move will happen.
We are confident that things will be â€œbusiness as usualâ€ as we make the move. We are committed to maintaining our pantry program that many of you rely on to meet your nutritional needs.
On behalf of Resource Center of Dallas, I appreciate your patience as we work through this latest challenge. I promise we will maintain the same high quality level of service you expect from us in the new location.
We are making all our decisions on this issue with you, the clients, in mind. I know you may have questions or concerns, and I will be glad to talk with you.
Resource Center of Dallas