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Community members in Estacada come together for interior remodel earlier this year

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada Area Food Bank Director Debra Bufton stands in front of a repainted wall at the pantry, which now features a quote by Helen Keller. Many community members came together to help with the remodel project at the food bank.

The inside of the Estacada Area Food Bank has a new look.

A variety of volunteers participated in what food bank director Debra Bufton describes as the "spring spruce up." Wade Creek House Antiques and the Estacada School District were the main sponsors of the project.

The work began in April, and volunteers from Wade Creek House repainted, removed deteriorating carpet and added new art to the interior of the food bank at 272 Broadway St.

Previously, the food bank's walls were beige and brown, and now they are a crisp white.

Additionally, a motivational quote from Helen Keller notes that "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" and now decorates one of the walls.

Once the food bank's carpet was removed, the Estacada School District donated machines to clean the tiles that had been underneath it. Additionally, the district's materials supplier donated supplies to strip and wax the floor.

To further brighten up the atmosphere, Estacada resident Dave Bugni donated photographs he took of local flora and fauna, which now hang on the building's walls.

Bufton said the new elements of the food bank help promote the organization's mission.

"I think it just makes everybody's heart a little happier to be able to come in and have a clean, inviting and welcoming space. It matches our philosophy of wanting no judgment," she continued. "This is just a place to come, and maybe you're coming today to

get food, and maybe another day you're coming to help paint the walls or to volunteer."

Bufton also appreciates the community-driven element of the remodel.

"It was really humbling to have all of these people come together from different parts of the community and to have so many people who were not currently affiliated with the food bank involved. I just thought that was really lovely," she said. "Essentially, we were able to complete the remodel at no cost."

The Estacada Area Food Bank is open from 10-11:45 a.m. and 12:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and food is available monthly to community members in Estacada, Eagle Creek, Colton, Carver and Barton who meet income requirements. For more information, call 503-630-2888.

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