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St. Vincent de Paul's new food pantry opening Feb. 2


MADISON (WKOW) -- Volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul's Dane County food pantry are spending the weekend moving into their new location.

The first phase of their $4 million service center is complete and will open its doors on Monday, February 2.

Ralph Middlecamp, Executive Director of Madison's St. Vincent de Paul says the old pantry, which will be torn down next week to make room for a second phase of construction, was cramped and made it difficult to get clients in and out.

Middlecamp says the new space will feature a better waiting room and check-in area, along with a better system of distributing food.

"We're also incorpirating things that give our clients more privacy, a little more dignity. Before, often they had to wait in their cars for half hour or more, the line was outside in this cold weather."

The grand opening will be in May after the warehouse space is complete. Officials say they still need $800,000 more to complete the project.

The St. Vincent de Paul pantry serves residents all over Dane County five days a week, and in recent months has catered to 90 families per day. In October alone, the pantry served a record 1,927 families.

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