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North Liberty Community Pantry Awarded Ripple Effect Grant

February 13, 2024

On Tuesday, February 13th, The North Liberty Community Pantry received $10,000 in grant funding from South Slope Cooperartive Communications and South Slope’s technology partner, Aureon. Awarded through the Ripple Effect program, the funding will help cover engineering and design costs for the construction of a new, larger pantry facility.

The Pantry has seen an increase in demand in recent years, outgrowing its current space and even having to turn away food donations due to lack of storage. The new building will provide much-needed space for food storage, distribution, and administrative offices, allowing the Pantry to serve more people, more effectively.

“We are so excited to receive the Ripple Effect grant award from South Slope and Aureon! The North Liberty Community Pantry has seen unprecedented growth and need in our community, and planning a larger space and building is essential for us to meet that growing need. These grant funds will allow us to pay for ‘soft’ costs related to the new building – often hard-to-fund expenses. This award will leverage more funding for a bricks-and-mortar building. We are grateful for this partnership!”

– Ryan Bobst, North Liberty Community Pantry Executive Director

To proceed with designing the new building, North Liberty Community Pantry has engaged with engineering and architectural services, including site plan construction drawings, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology design build. Construction of the new Pantry facility is anticipated to begin later this year. For more information about the Community Pantry, or supporting this project, contact Ryan Bobst, Executive Director (

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