Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted unanimously approves $5,000.00 grant from Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority to St. Vincent de Paul.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: City of Needles (Information)

Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously approving a $5,000.00 grant from Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority to St. Vincent de Paul during the regular meeting of the Needles City Council (N.C.C.) and Needles Public Utility Authority (N.P.U.A.) held on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022.

Agenda Item 15: Authorize the F/Y 2021/22 and F/Y 2022/23 Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Edible Food $5,000 Annual Allocations to St. Vincent de Paul submitted by Councilmember Campbell.

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CC-15-061422-Annual Allocations to St. Vincent de Paul

During discussion, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “One of our food banks in town, St. Vincent de Paul, they’re able to take food that would otherwise be thrown away, and but is still good, and be able to provide that to people in the community as part of the food bank. So this is a grant to St. Vincent de Paul of $5,000.00 to assist in diverting food that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill; allowed to spoil and end up in the landfill. Now I want to be cleared, that there’s no unsafe food that is being served by St. Vincent, this is for food that has… that is still within expiration dates.”

George DeLeon, Store Manager for St. Vincent de Paul, and John Morrissey, Board President for St. Vincent de Paul, were present during discussion on this agenda item.

Store Manager George DeLeon spoke about their food bank and the food they received from organizations and stores in the community to give to people in the community who are in need of food.

The food bank for St. Vincent de Paul is located at 839 Front Street just east of F Street, and you can find more information about their food bank at: http://www.svdpneedles.org/

George DeLeon then invited their Board President John Morrissey who thanked the City of Needles for their help in getting St. Vincent de Paul a new large freezer of their food bank, and spoke about how many people from the community come to their food bank.

Board President John Morrissey then spoke about a serious problem happening with the basement at the back of their building.

“We got a very serious problem in the back forth of our store; the basement is in danger of collapse,” said Board President John Morrissey.

Board President John Morrissey continued saying, “We had the civil engineer out, we got the plans, they’ve been approved and we’re trying to raise $350,000.00 that it takes to fix that basement so that it’s safe.”

In response to concerns over basement being “in danger of collapse” at St. Vincent de Paul, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “There is a portion of the St. Vincent store that has a problem with support from below. They have analyzed the situation and proposed a fix. There is no threat to public safety for a majority of the store floor area. We have asked them to cordon off the problem area and not store materials there. The City is happy with the progress that St. Vincent is making on resolving this common problem in old buildings.”

Board President John Morrissey then spoke about his plans of wanting to use the basement as part of the food bank and adding a lift to help move food as well as stuff for the thrift store for floor to floor so that staffers don’t have to carrying up the stairs these items; all of this after the serious problem is fixed.

All together, Board President John Morrissey said he’s trying to raise $450,000 towards these fixes and additions to St. Vincent de Paul to help in serving the people of the community.

Board President John Morrissey thanked people who have donated towards these, including a Supervisor Cook and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

If you would like to help, please contact St. Vincent de Paul at: 1 (760) 326-4420.

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the $5,000.00 grant from Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority to St. Vincent de Paul.

For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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