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Long-awaited Durham Community Food Pantry opens May 17

The pantry will address food shortages in Durham and Orange counties and help families become self-sufficient.

 The Durham Community Food Pantry and Reverend Joseph G. Vetter Family Enrichment Center will hold its ribbon cutting and stock the pantry event on May 17 at 11 am. 

The pantry’s director Elise Mudd, who is also a Holy Infant parishioner, spoke at Masses on May 4 and 5 about the facility. Elise said the effort takes aim at the annual food shortage of 1 million pounds in Durham County alone that the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has identified.

Together, the pantry and center will work to improve the lives of families in Durham and Orange counties, providing wrap-around services to help them become self-sufficient. The 7,500 sq. foot facility is in the Lakewood Shopping Center in central Durham. Nearby organizations also in the shopping center - El Futuro, El Centro and the Scrap Exchange - will provide supportive services to families who visit this food pantry.

The pantry will be open six days a week and will offer families a week’s worth of food once every 30 days. Organizers expect to serve 4,500 families each month.

Attendees of the ribbon cutting are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the event to help fill the shelves. You can also make a financial or equipment donation.  

Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama will attend the event. RSVP to the event here.


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