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Five Loaves making its move to Community Commons

Clients of the Five Loaves Food Shelf will have a new convenience beginning Aug. 16.

That's when the food shelf will open for business at its new location at the Community Commons, 421 S. Green Ave. -- the former New Richmond Middle School.

The new space means new hours and more availability. Walk-ins are always welcome and appointments are no longer needed, said Sarah Johnson.

The new hours are Monday from 5-7 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.; Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.; and Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon.

Clients can enter through door No. 9, the northwest corner of the building.

Tuesday morning hours are timed to mesh with the Wal-Mart deliveries, which usually feature a variety of meat, produce, bakery items and dried goods.

Clients must be income qualified to shop at the food shelf. Qualifications are broken down by the number of family members living in a household and the monthly income for the household.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

• One household member: $1,670 or less

• Two household members: less than $2,247

• Three household members: less than $2,823

• Four household members: less than $3,400

• Five household members: less than $3,976

• Six household members: less than $4,553

• Seven household members: less than $5,120

• Eight household members: less than $5,706

• Nine household members: less than $6,283

• 10 household members: less than $6,860

The new space, which will be located in the former band room, features brand new floors and a friendlier layout. It also allows for additional equipment - including shopping carts for customers.

New concrete floors were poured in the space to level the room. The floors had to cure for about a month before they could be polished and sealed.

The rooms that were formerly used as storage will now house things like shopping carts, a digital pallet scale, an office and a cold room.

Clients will be greeted by a large L-shaped desk upon entering the food shelf. A small waiting area and kid's space will be located near the windows to keep children busy while parents and guardians shop.

The group is now working on the installation of computers and telephone and will move all the food in the next week, before opening the doors to clients on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Johnson said employees were busy with training and orientations the days leading up to the opening.

The Five Loaves Clothing Center opened in its new space last month. That space, which took over the former choir room, is open to the public on Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Donations -- both food and monetary -- are accepted at both the food shelf and clothing center during open hours.