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BG Pantry forced to Relocate

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The Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry has been serving hungry families since 1984. Now the fate of the pantry is up in the air.

Tonight the pantry is making a desperate plea to the public.

More than 200 people living in the Bowling Green area turn to the Bowling Green Christian Pantry when times are tough.

One third of the people served here are children. Shirley Woessner is the coordinator for the pantry. She tells 13 ABC,

"The people are sometimes embarrassed we've had people sit here and cry because they have had to be here...and we tell them don't feel bad. everyone comes into this situation once and a while and as long as there are places like this that can help you dont be embarrassed that's what we are here for. "

Woessner says on good Friday she was told by the owner of the building that the pantry would have to relocate.

The pantry must find a new home by July 1st. Woessner tells 13 ABC, "It was kind of a shock...we've known eventually it was coming...because he is renovating the building...and fixing it up for other places for other people to rent...and if he has a chance to renovate this and rent it...and get some income i don't blame him. "

Woessner says the owner of the building has been nothing but kind, allowing them to operate out of this building without having to pay rent for years. She tells 13 ABC, "He said its his donation to the community... and its been a god send...we pay the utilities we pay the phone bill..but he has not charged us rent for 11 years. "

So there's no hard feelings here, Woessner is keeping the faith and praying that someone will offer the pantry a new home, preferably rent free...about 4-thousand square feet, with handicap accessibility and in Bowling Green. She tells 13 ABC,

"I have been saying all along that god never closes one door without opening another...and i say we want the patience but lord i want it yesterday...and he wont let us down...he's never let us down for 11 years and he is not going to let us down now. "

We talked to the owner of the building today...he tells us it's been an honor to offer the building to the bowling green christian pantry for 11 years...but that now's the time to renovate the building and offer it to another business.

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