Our former home in downtown Saline is charming and has a wonderful history, but it wasn’t designed to be a food pantry. Because of space limitations and pandemic-related safety concerns, clients couldn’t enter the building to meet with SASS staff or do their own shopping for over two years.
Every inch of the two-story house and basement was used for storage, including bathrooms, hallways, offices, kitchen, garage, under staircases, and outdoors on the front and back porches. During peak seasons for food donations, there was no overflow area, and some donations could not be accepted due to the limited space.
The SASS Board of Directors determined that a larger, more efficient building was essential to maintain our current services and meet the needs of the Saline area.
We are excited to share that we have moved to a property in Wood Duck Business Park, near Saline High School and Walmart. This new location is four times the size of the house on Michigan Avenue and much more accessible.
The cost for the new location is less than $100 per square foot, in contrast to the $255+ square foot that it would cost to renovate and expand the Michigan Avenue house.
Our new home provides significantly more room for the pantry, storage, and office space, and everything is located on a single level. This means everything can be housed in a single location and clients are able to do their own shopping again!