Idea floated to house food bank at the bank

Resident Dave Ridley asked Lake Cowichan town council that, when they have a lunch meeting May 4 with representatives from Island Savings to discuss the recent merger with First West Credit Union, they ask about the possibility of using part of the Lake Cowichan Credit Union building for the local food bank.

He pointed out that "it’s got space, it’s got water, it’s got toilets and it’s not being used at all and my impression was there are no major plans to use it" and it could be a good use for the space.

Mayor Ross Forrest said he had noted the idea.

Coun. Tim McGonigle said it could be worth looking at because the current stop-gap location for the foodbank – in a town-owned building right on the main street – could pose privacy concerns for those who use the service.

Ridley said it might be a great time to talk about it because he had the impression that First West was "very keen" to show their community involvement.