Lake City Food Bank began out of a shed in a parking lot, says longtime volunteer and director Joyce Dexter, and today it regularly serves 300 to 500 families a month, and provides services like health care and help with job searching.
Dexter has been volunteering since 2010. The site used to house a thrift store, and she worked there before it became a food bank. “Honestly, before, it wasn’t a population I paid a lot of attention to,” she said. “But as I got to know them and heard their stories, God changed my heart for them. When the store closed I was asked if I wanted to transition to the food bank, and I have been there since.”
Today, Lake City staff work with volunteers and community programs to bring in life coaches, budget planners, mobile health clinics and other services for people in need. They’re currently implementing a client choice model to give families more say over what food they take home.
“We try to have as many resources here to avoid them having to make multiple stops,” Dexter said. “Our mission is to treat people with dignity and respect; we believe part of dignity comes from being able to provide for yourself.”
If you go:
Lake City Community Church
6000 N Ramsey Road
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814