Following snow storm, food pantry has 'emergency' opening - CBS46 News

Following snow storm, food pantry has 'emergency' opening

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Volunteers at the White County Food Pantry held a rare opening Saturday after being shut down Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The pantry typically serves at least 30 families a day, but was unable to serve anyone after the storm left most roads in the region too dangerous to navigate.

"This week has been horrible in the mountains," said volunteer Susan Dyer. "People were lined up here yesterday wanting food, and we weren't open."

She said it was for that reason they decided to have an "emergency" opening Saturday. Several people showed up to collect boxes of food, enough to get them through the next couple of weeks.

"We had a lady come in a while ago who has four adults and six children in her house, and tears in her eyes, because she needed food," said Dyer, who was able to send that woman home with two boxes of food. "We're a small community, but we're a close community."

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