Gahanna Residents In Need has launched a capital campaign to help with expenses as it moves to a centralized location from 760 Morrison Road to 165 Granville St. this fall.

Brenda Johnston, GRIN executive director, said the $80,000 "HelpGRINMove" capital campaign would help the organization meet a growing need for food, clothing and utility assistance services in Gahanna.

"The importance of the capital campaign is to be able to be in a location that is easily accessible and to be able to provide more fresh, healthy produce and meats," Johnston said.

The faith-based community service organization launched the capital campaign July 21.

Scott McComb, Heartland Bank's president and CEO, and his wife, Amy, are taking the lead behind the capital campaign.

"We are truly grateful for Gahanna's support and steadfast commitment to the GRIN organization, and look forward to assisting them as they expand their services in a new location," McComb said.

The capital campaign will cover construction and renovation costs for the new 2,500-square-foot location, as well as those for new coolers and freezers, shelving, office furniture, grocery carts and an accessibility ramp, Johnston said.

The site is the former Rocky Fork Printing building.

Johnston said the expanded space will allow GRIN to offer fresh produce, meats and dairy in the additional refrigeration storage. It also will provide more shelf space for new dry-food options, enhance shopping through a client-focused experience, and provide community meeting space for education and nutrition classes.

She said the new location also will be closer to the west side of Gahanna, where 75 percent of the city's residents in need reside.

Donors already have stepped up for the campaign, including Wesney Construction, Jess Howard, Gahanna Rotary, area churches and the GRIN board.

Wesney Construction, a Gahanna-based design and build commercial contractor, will provide architectural design and plan preparation for permits and construction, as well as all project management and administration.

Additionally, Wesney is providing the labor and materials to complete the demolition and multiple construction tasks for the project, according to Jeff Gilger, Wesney's account manager responsible for the project.

Individuals or organizations interested in contributing can contact Johnston at 614-330-4979, or learn more about the campaign at Grin4Gahanna.org.

GRIN is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, allowing for the tax deductibility of donations.

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