Food bank adds office space

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Patricio Garcia, left, and Adam Garcia of Bennett Trucking lift the building off beams Tuesday in front of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The former Cannon Federal Credit Union building will be used for office space.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

It seems no matter where Sheila Ferreira works, a little building will always be there.

Ferreira, a bookkeeper for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico for three months, said she was pleasantly surprised to find out a building the organization bought as an extension of its Clovis office was the same one she worked in as a teller in two previous jobs.

Ferreira first worked in the building in the late 1980s as a teller for the First National Bank when it was located on 21st and Ross streets. In the 1990s, Ferreira worked inside the building when it moved to North Price and Utah streets as Cannon Federal Credit Union.

The food bank purchased the 1,260-square-foot building Tuesday and had the 80,000-pound building moved to its site at Brady and Norris streets. The new addition will relieve its cramped conference room and test kitchen, which is occupied by filing cabinets and computers.

“We have been having to hold board meetings out in the warehouse,” said Food Bank Executive director Nancy Taylor.

She said the paperwork from the growing number of food programs the food bank supplies over the last five years took over the office space.

“We will be able to have a work space and regain our lobby and display area and our meeting room,” she said.

The addition will serve as storage space for files as well as a working space, Taylor said.

The food bank paid $15,000 for building with capital outlay money it received in 2006 and 2007. Taylor said it was cheaper for the food bank to buy a pre-built building than to build one from scratch.

The building sat on Joe Bennett’s lot when he bought it from the credit union. Bennett, who owns the trucking company that moved the building every time, said he’s had the building about 14 months when the food bank bought it from him.