Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

March 5, 2014

Food pantry moves to temporary location

RICHLANDS, Va. — The Good Samaritan Food Pantry has opened a temporary site until a new building can be built.

The food pantry, which was destroyed by fire in late February, will now be open at the old Addison Boat Sales building on Kents Ridge Road in Richlands, Va., R.C. “Moon” Mullins, director of the food pantry, said.

“We will be handing out food starting Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After that we will resume our normal business hours beginning Monday, March 10,” Mullins said.

The food pantry is still in need of canned goods and any other donations.

The loss has impacted — at least temporarily — hundreds of less fortunate families across the region that depend upon the food pantry for help. On an average day, the food pantry would serve between 160 to 250 people. And on some days as many as 300 would be served by the charity.

“The community has done an wonderful job in coming together to help us rebuild the pantry,” Mullins said.

Mullins said officials have already started the planning process to rebuild on the site where the old pantry was located. He said the food pantry will remain at the old Addison Boat Sales building until the new structure is ready.

Any donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the old Addison Boat Sales building, Mullins said.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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