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March 6, 2011

Kokomo Urban Outreach food pantry moving

The nonprofit organization received a donated building.

Kokomo — The Kokomo Urban Outreach food pantry will move this month.

Robert Thiemrodt gave the organization the former Davis Cleaners building, said Jeff Newton, program director. A volunteer has already removed some walls and made other repairs so it is ready to paint.

He said the goal is to move the pantry from Trinity United Methodist Church to the new building March 19. Newton said he will make a call for volunteers once he has a firm move date set.

The new building is one block west of the church on Home Avenue. Newton is excited that it is the City Line bus route. He said the donation is a blessing for Kokomo Urban Outreach.

“We need more storage for everything. Having the food pantry move will free up space for everything,” he said.

It also has convenient parking, no steps, heating and air conditioning, and a side door wide enough for large deliveries, he said.

Deanna Ancil, director of Kokomo Urban Outreach’s Everyone Ate Today program, said she plans to move the Buddy Bag program to the new location in the fall.

The program provides bags

of food to school children each weekend.

She is excited about having the food pantry all on one level, with no steps, and in a bigger space.

“It’s just awesome. It’s an amazing gift. It’s almost overwhelming,” she said.

• Danielle Rush is the Kokomo

Tribune education reporter. She can

be reached at 765-454-8585 or danielle.rush@kokomotribune.com.

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