“We have four dehydrators to put in. We’ve got the funds for two of them due to some very generous donors who have donated towards that. Our cooler is going to be one and a half times the size that our current one is and then all kinds of things on the interior,” he says. “So on the one end is going to be the cooler on the other end is going to be the dehydrators and then in the middle is going to be all kinds of different things like storage and stuff that has to go on.”
Grossman says the layout of the current facility, which was once a meat packing plant, is inefficient for Prairie Gleaners’ operations. There’s a lot of backtracking and moving of products in and out and through different rooms.
“With the new building we’ll be able to have the dehydration and the cooling system over there,” he explains. “The cutting room then will be able to change places within the facility and we’re hoping to have a complete oval kind of thing happening.”
Grossman says it’s been an amazing year for Prairie Gleaners.
Close to 280,000 kilograms of vegetables have been processed, the majority of which has gone to aid in the Ukraine and neighbouring countries where war refugees have fled. About 250,000 kilograms of were processed last year.
The whole idea here is that with that new facility we will be able to increase again because of the world shortage of food,” Grossman adds.