Written by The Herald-News
The Basket of Hope Food Bank and Thrift Store, located on Main Street, will be temporarily closing its doors Friday, Oct. 18, at 4:30 p.m.
The store will be giving away all the food. People can also take Thrift Store items no charge.
The Basket of Hope Food Bank and Thrift Store opened in 1994, after it was determined as a need in the community.
The reason for the temporary closing is because of the condition of the roof. The food bank will be looking to move into a new location and will hopefully reopen in six months.
Ron Jackson, who helped open the food bank in 1994, said the roof’s condition has also affected others areas in the building.
“It has damaged the floor,” Jackson said. “The furnace also needs to be replaced. There are too many issues to fix the building.”
Ruth Jackson said the building is not safe and that the store can be opened at some point in the future.
Ron Jackson noted there are a couple of locations they could get. He also said, after they get a new building for the store, they will have to prepare location for merchandise and apply for food.
“We’re not giving up on it,” Ron Jackson said. “We had quite a few members start it all of those years ago and I’m still here. I don’t want it to end.