Loaves and Fishes Dedicates New Facility, Hopes to Serve More People

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry has provided food to families in need for years, but now the organization says it plans to double the amount of people it can serve.

In August, the group moved out of the old 300-square-foot building they were renting, into a 600-square-foot building that they now own.

The road to ownership was thanks to a grant from the Nunley family, to which the building was dedicated on Sunday.

The program director says they currently serve 1,700 families per month, and with more space they have the ability to store more food and to serve more people.

"We doubled in three years at our old facility and we really had outgrown it," said Margaret McNett Burruss, Executive Director. "We needed a permanent place that we didn't have a lease on, that was our place, that we would be able to stay in and have a presence in the community."

McNett Burruss also says they changed the way they give food out. Instead of handing out pre-made bags, people can come in and pick what they want, like they are shopping in a grocery store.

The new facility is still being paid off. If you would like to donate, click on the link alongside this story.

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