Food Pantry in the Poconos Needs Place to Relocate

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MOUNT POCONO, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A food pantry in the Poconos fears it soon won’t be able to help thousands of people in need. Feeding Families Ministry Inc. in Mount Pocono is getting evicted from it’s space and won’t have anywhere to help hungry families.

Last year, Misty Ragan and her husband both lost their jobs. But the bills kept piling up. The Army veterans learned their tough times weren’t over.

“When I came here I had absolutely no food at all. And didn’t know where I could turn to,” says Ragan, Tobyhanna.

Now Misty volunteers at Feeding Families Ministry Inc., the same food pantry that helped her.

“I never knew how big of a need it was, I thought I was the only one until I started volunteering here,” she adds.

Feeding Families opened five years in the Oak View Terrace Condo Complex. Volunteers feed over 100 families each week, and more than 8,000 people a year. The Oak View Terrace gave the pantry the space rent-free. But now they’re being evicted.

“So we’re very worried we may not be able to serve the community,” says founder Diane Mc Fadzean.

An 11th grade student was about to start his Eagle Scout project at the pantry, making it handicap accessible, building a sidewalk, and planting grass.

“When we give the people a chance to come get food, we’re giving them a chance to get further in life,” says Luis Santos, Life Scout.

Now, Luis Santos needs a new project. And the pantry needs a new space.

“The great thing is we’re a 501(c)(3) so anything anybody donates is tax-deductable,” says Mc Fadzean.

Feeding Families hopes someone in the community can bring hope, like they’ve done for thousand

“It’s not just a food pantry. It means a lot more to a lot of the people who come here,” adds Ragan.

We reached out to Oak View Terrace Condo Complex, which says the pantry has 60 days to leave, no exception.They would not discuss why they’re being evicted.

TO CONTACT PANTRY ABOUT DONATING WAREHOUSE OR SPACE: CONTACT Diane Mc Fadzean at (570) 977-3702 or email feedingfamilies@verizon.net

 

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