E. Farmingdale charity fire probed as arson

Officials are calling the fire that destroyed an East Farmingdale soup kitchen and food pantry over the weekend arson.

Hope for the Future Ministries has provided food for the needy for 22 years. Founder Diane Dunne says Sunday?s early morning blaze consumed thousands of holiday meals.

Many community members stepped in upon hearing of the fire. Local business owner Gene Walker offered some unused office space to help the center get back on its feet.

Dunne says she?s not sure what steps she?ll take next but is determined to continue helping families who need it.

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