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Food Pantry Plans New Roof, Hopes to Move By October

The Rhinelander Food Pantry has gotten the OK from the state to move ahead with major structural changes to its new building. 

The food pantry will have more space at its new Coon Street location, but first the roof needs replacing.

Director Guy Hansen says now that state approval has come in, building plans are moving ahead. 

“The first thing that has to happen is we’ll put a roof support underneath each one of the girders of that supports the roof. And we think that’s gonna happen Friday. And then after that Nasi, who’s the roofing contractor, can put the roof on.”

Organizers are also rounding up volunteers with some carpentry skills to help build a large dividing wall between the distribution and storage areas. 

Hansen says things are pretty much on track for the pantry to operate out of its new space in less than a month. 

“We won’t be completely done by the 1st of October, but if we have the roof on so it doesn’t leak anymore, we have the wall up so we can put up shelving, we’ll be a long ways down the road.”

The food pantry ran a capital campaign to raise $250,000 to help pay for the move to the larger building.  

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