Leaks Keep Food Pantry Flooded

SOUTH POINT, OH (WSAZ) -- It's been around for more than five years, but this year's harsh winter weather and this week's round of storms are taking a toll on one food pantry and thrift store.

There's no shortage of donations this week at Michael's Grace Place Food Pantry and Thrift Store. Bags of clothes line the back room waiting to be sorted, but volunteers at the pantry know how risky storing them there can be.

Thursday night's round of storms have taken a toll on their building. Director, Brenda Horan, says water floods the store, with nearly every snow or rain.

"We lost over a skid of clothing and the clothing we sell at a reasonable price, and that's how we get our funding for our food," Horan said.

About 50 bags of clothes were ruined by rain water, which translates into hundreds of dollars of food, which is also at risk of flood damage.

It's one Horan says they can't afford considering how many people rely on them.

"Most months we feed 400 families through this building, and with churches we help 282 kids weekly through the schools," said Horan.

The volunteers know first hand how much that help means to families, but they also know how much things need to change.

The food pantry has been using that building for free until this past year.

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