The Rhinelander Food Pantry got a step closer to a new home Monday, as the Golden Harvest grocery store opened its new location. But there’s still a few months of work ahead before the food pantry can open its new doors.
The old Golden Harvest grocery building on Coon Street sits nearly empty, as the store finishes a move to a new building more than twice as large. Golden Harvest owner Timothy Conjurske says until now the store was bursting at the seams.
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is more than halfway to its fundraising goal for moving to a new location. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Rhinelander has donated $25,000 to help the food pantry buy a new building.
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says it’s the capitol campaign’s largest donation so far.
“We have had two or three major donations. But mostly they’re donations of anywhere from one hundred to a thousand dollars typically.”
After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.
Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...