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Lake in the Hills to discuss 
relocating Interfaith Food Pantry

Sarah Nader - snader@nwherald.com
Volunteer Jonathan Lawrence of Crystal Lake unloads food items while volunteering at the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The food pantry is trying to raise money to move out of their current location which is falling apart to a new location on Pyott Road.
Sarah Nader - snader@nwherald.com Volunteer Jonathan Lawrence of Crystal Lake unloads food items while volunteering at the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The food pantry is trying to raise money to move out of their current location which is falling apart to a new location on Pyott Road.

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry might move.

For the past year, the pantry’s governing board has sought donations to renovate its home in a village-owned storage building on East Oak Street. Recently however, an opportunity to relocate to a bigger, more private place has developed.

The heating and air conditioning at the pantry, originally designed for equipment storage, has become unreliable, the roof leaks, and other deferred maintenance issues mount, said Mary Terese Piemonte, volunteer manager for the pantry.

About a year ago, these issues sparked a plan to partner with the village to renovate the pantry’s garage home for both pantry and village use.

As fundraising and planning progressed, however, property at 1111 Pyott Road, once owned by Gordon Larsen, became available.

Larsen, a well-known area developer and businessman, and his wife, Joan, had both died and left their land to the village.

Pantry representatives tonight will bring a proposal to the Village Board Committee of the Whole that details a move to the former Larsen property instead.

The pantry wants to convert part of the 13-acre site for pantry use. The plans are to double the size of the current facility and offer the possibility to develop a resale shop for clothes and household items. They also include space for the public works department to store equipment, according to village documents.

Dick Hoferle and Sal Maggio of the Interfaith Food Pantry Board will present detailed plans for the proposed move at the board meeting.

The board also might consider moving forward with the village’s original plan to renovate the building on East Oak Street.

The village’s equipment storage facility at 600 E. Oak St. has been the pantry’s home since 2000. The village rents part of the building to the pantry for $10 a year, Village Board President Ed Plaza said.

The food pantry, a nonprofit organization, was founded and is operated by representatives from several local churches.

When it was founded, the pantry served only a few dozen families a month. Today it serves more than 300 a month, Piemonte said.

If you go

What: Lake in the Hills Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting

Where: Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tonight (Tuesday, April 26)

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