Food pantry slated to close is looking for new location

<p>Organizers behind a busy food pantry in East Northport are looking for a new place to call home so they can continue to provide food to the community.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 1, 2018, 5:59 PM

Updated 2,087 days ago

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Organizers behind a busy food pantry in East Northport are looking for a new place to call home so they can continue to provide food to the community.
Dennis Hood, the director of the Refuge Food Pantry for at least the next two weeks, says the Assemblies of God Church gave the pantry until Sept. 15 to find a new location.
“The church has decided that they don't want to do it anymore,” said Hood. “The leadership is going in another direction.”
Hood says the move will leave about 25-100 families a week with nowhere to go and plenty of donors with nowhere to send food. The food pantry says they are slowing down on accepting donations.
Peggy Breen, 76, volunteers and gets her food from the pantry. She told News 12 that the pantry is a place where the workers have become her family.
“It means everything to us,” she said. “How do these people sleep at night taking this away from us?”
Hood says if they can't find a new location before that Sept. 15 deadline, they will have to shut down. Pantry organizers are asking for anyone who may be able to help to reach out to them.


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