Roosevelt church forces soup kitchen's closure

A Nassau soup kitchen is being forced to close earlier than expected.Mary Joesten, of Faith Mission, says she was supposed to provide food to hundreds

ROOSEVELT - A Nassau soup kitchen is being forced to close earlier than expected.Mary Joesten, of Faith Mission, says she was supposed to provide food to hundreds of residents in Roosevelt today, but instead, she and her volunteers were locked out of the First United Methodist Church.The all-volunteer soup kitchen moved into First United Methodist Church in 2010, but the church has been having financial trouble and recently told Faith Mission to move out.

Joesten says church officials wanted the soup kitchen gone by May 1, but she paid the church $200 for an extension. Although the church said Faith Mission had until the end of the month to move, Joesten says the locks were changed today. She says she had to climb through a window to get inside so she and her volunteers could get all the food out of the freezers.It's unclear if the group will be able to get back into the church on Monday to claim the rest of their belongings. The soup kitchen is moving into the Salvation Army on Terrace Avenue in Hempstead and is expected to open in June.

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