Petitcodiac food bank rebuilds, expands after fire

The food bank in Petitcodiac is fundraising and looking for volunteers as it rebuilds and expands following a suspicious fire last fall that destroyed its new building.

SPOT is hoping to raise $50K, find volunteers to help with construction

A new Petitcodiac SPOT food bank is under construction once again after a suspicious fire last fall destroyed its new building just days after it had opened.

Petitcodiac's SPOT food bank is under construction again after its new building burned to the ground last fall. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)
Vicky Crossman, the food bank's manager, said insurance is covering much of the costs to rebuild in the same location.

But the group decided to expand the facility by 1,200 square feet and still needs to raise $50,000 of the estimated $250,000 cost, she said.

It's also looking for volunteers to help complete the construction, said Crossman.

"We are certainly going to need the volunteers once it's up and going, up and framed, then we'll have to do the drywall inside, and then the painting and stuff," she said.

"It's going to have to all be done by volunteers … unless we get a big windfall."

Shirley Murphy, one of the food bank's founding members, said she is confident the project will come together.

"I have no doubts," she said.

Support from the community since the fire has been unwavering, said Murphy.

"It's just terrific," she said.

"Everybody has been so good. We have got lots of great volunteers, people have been more than generous."

The new food bank is expected to open by October, said Crossman.

Southeast District RCMP say the investigation into the fire is ongoing.