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Dleon M
105 St Clair
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the project

This project is dedicated to providing food to the St Clair area. I plan to use my family old church building on St Clair Avenue and remodel it from inside out. There are a lot of families in this area that are less fortunate and can't always provide food for the families. When I was younger I suffered from being homeless and starvation, so I know what it is like to go through the struggle. I always wanted to give back to the community and try to help people not go through the same struggle like I did. This is why transforming my family building into a food bank is something I want to do. I know this is my purpose in life. To help people as much as I can. My nonprofit organization is willing to go through all the steps to make this happen and do more in the future.

the steps

1. Planning and Assessment

   - Evaluate the Building: Inspect the current condition of the building to identify necessary repairs or upgrades.

   - Needs Assessment: Determine the specific needs for a food bank, including storage space, refrigeration, office space, and areas for receiving and distributing food.

   - Zoning and Permits: Check local zoning laws and obtain the necessary permits for remodeling and operating a food bank.

2. Design and Layout

   - Space Planning: Create a layout that maximizes efficiency for food storage, handling, and distribution. Consider areas for volunteers, clients, and staff.

   - Professional Consultation: Hire an architect or designer experienced in commercial remodels to help with the design and to ensure compliance with local building codes.

3. Budgeting and Funding

   - Estimate Costs: Create a detailed budget for the project, including construction, equipment, permits, and other expenses.

   - Secure Funding: Seek funding through grants, donations, or loans. Many community organizations and local governments offer support for food banks.

4. Construction and Renovation

   - Hiring Contractors: Hire licensed contractors for construction, plumbing, electrical work, and other specialized tasks.

   - Renovation: Carry out the necessary construction and renovations, including any structural changes, electrical and plumbing upgrades, installation of refrigeration units, shelving, and other equipment.

5. Setting Up Operations

   - Equipment and Supplies: Purchase and install necessary equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, shelving, and office supplies.

   - Health and Safety: Ensure the facility complies with local health and safety regulations, including proper food handling and storage practices.

   - Technology: Set up a computer system for inventory management, client tracking, and other administrative tasks.

6. Staffing and Training

   - Recruit Volunteers and Staff: Hire or recruit volunteers to manage operations. Roles may include administrative staff, warehouse workers, drivers, and client service representatives.

   - Training: Provide training for staff and volunteers on food safety, inventory management, and client interaction.

7. Community Outreach and Partnerships

   - Community Engagement: Build relationships with local businesses, farms, grocery stores, and other organizations for food donations.

   - Marketing: Promote the food bank through social media, local news, and community events to raise awareness and attract clients and donors.

8. Opening and Operations

   - Soft Launch: Consider a soft launch to test operations and make any necessary adjustments.

   - Grand Opening: Plan a grand opening event to officially launch the food bank and engage the community.

   - Ongoing Management: Regularly evaluate operations, seek feedback, and make improvements to ensure the food bank runs efficiently and effectively.

why we're doing it

A food bank addresses multiple problems in less fortunate neighborhoods, notably social, economic, and environmental issues. Socially, food banks alleviate hunger and malnutrition, ensuring that individuals and families have access to nutritious food. This support helps reduce the stress and stigma associated with food insecurity, fostering a sense of community and belonging. By providing a safety net, food banks also contribute to improved physical and mental health outcomes, which can enhance overall quality of life and community well-being.

Economically, food banks relieve financial pressure on low-income families. By providing free or low-cost food, they allow families to allocate their limited resources to other essential needs such as housing, healthcare, and education. This can prevent homelessness, support better health outcomes, and enhance educational opportunities for children, ultimately contributing to breaking the cycle of poverty. Furthermore, food banks often provide job training and volunteer opportunities, helping individuals develop skills that can improve their employability and economic prospects.

Environmentally, food banks play a crucial role in reducing food waste. They often partner with local grocery stores, restaurants, and farms to rescue surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. By diverting this food from landfills, food banks reduce the environmental impact associated with food waste, including greenhouse gas emissions and wasted resources used in food production. This promotes a more sustainable food system and raises awareness about the importance of reducing food waste at all levels of the supply chain.

In essence, food banks are vital in supporting vulnerable communities, enhancing economic stability, and promoting environmental sustainability.


Below is how much renovations will cost:

 Exterior Renovations

1. Roofing

   - Repair: $300 - $1,500

   - Replacement: $5,000 - $10,000

2. Siding and Façade

   - Repair: $500 - $2,000

   - Replacement: $5,000 - $15,000

   - Repainting: $1,500 - $3,500

3. Windows and Doors

   - Window replacement: $300 - $1,000 per window

   - Door replacement: $500 - $2,000 per door

4. Landscaping

   - Basic landscaping: $2,000 - $5,000

   - Extensive landscaping: $5,000 - $15,000

5. Driveway and Walkways

   - Driveway repair: $500 - $2,500

   - Driveway replacement: $4,000 - $10,000

   - Walkway repair: $500 - $2,000

6. Exterior Lighting

   - Install new fixtures: $100 - $500 per fixture

Interior Renovations

1. Structural Repairs

   - Minor repairs: $500 - $3,000

   - Major repairs: $10,000 - $50,000

2. Electrical Systems

   - Rewiring: $3,000 - $10,000

   - New fixtures/outlets: $100 - $200 per fixture/outlet

3. Plumbing Systems

   - Pipe replacement: $2,000 - $6,000

   - Fixture replacement: $200 - $1,500 per fixture

4. HVAC Systems

   - System replacement: $3,000 - $7,000

   - Duct cleaning/repair: $300 - $1,000

5. Insulation and Drywall

   - Insulation: $1,500 - $4,000

   - Drywall repair/replacement: $1,000 - $3,500

6. Flooring

   - Carpet: $3 - $7 per sq. ft.

   - Hardwood: $6 - $12 per sq. ft.

   - Tile: $5 - $15 per sq. ft.

7. Painting and Finishing

   - Interior painting: $1,500 - $3,500

   - Trim/molding: $500 - $2,000

8. Kitchen Renovation

   - Minor remodel: $10,000 - $20,000

   - Major remodel: $20,000 - $50,000

9.  Bathroom Renovation

   - Minor remodel: $5,000 - $15,000

   - Major remodel: $15,000 - $30,000

10. Basement and Attic

    - Basic finishing: $10,000 - $20,000

    - Full remodel: $20,000 - $50,000

11. Safety and Accessibility

    - Smoke/CO detectors: $100 - $300

    - Accessibility upgrades: $1,000 - $5,000

Sample Budget Breakdown

Let's assume a mid-range renovation for a 2,000 sq. ft. house:


-  Roofing: $7,500

-  Siding and Façade: $10,000

- Windows and Doors: $8,000

-  Landscaping: $7,000

-  Driveway and Walkways: $6,000

-  Exterior Lighting: $1,000

-  Structural Repairs: $10,000

-  Electrical Systems: $7,000

-  Plumbing Systems: $5,000

-  HVAC Systems: $5,000

-  Insulation and Drywall: $4,000

-  Flooring: $12,000

- Painting and Finishing: $3,000

- Kitchen Renovation: $25,000

- Bathroom Renovation: $20,000

- Basement and Attic: $30,000

- Safety and Accessibility: $3,000

Total Estimated Cost: $164,500

Around $5,000 to $7,500 will go towards food.

These estimates should be adjusted based on actual quotes from contractors, materials chosen, and the specific needs of the building. It's also advisable to include a contingency budget of 10-20% to cover unexpected expenses.


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee N/A $0.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $8,333.33
TOTAL TO RAISE $208,333.33


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