Donations have been coming in to help feed people in our area after a fire destroyed food at a food pantry in Alleghany County Saturday morning.
"I'm just devastated," said Deborah West, the Clifton Forge Area Food Pantry President.
What was once a room full of hope is now a charred waste as thousands of dollars worth of food are destroyed by fire in a matter of minutes.
"It took us a long time to get where we were at. We've been working at this now for over six months with Feeding America to get stocked up and all our donations from churches and individuals," said West.
This is dark news for the 1,438 people who are on the pantry's books to be fed each month and this list does not count those who come in for emergency situations.
"We have struggled a long time for work here there are a lot of hungry stomachs in this town and the area around it," said Roger Bush, the Pastor at Oak Hill Bible Church, who helped collect food to re-stock.
The pantry volunteers are determined to be open Monday to fill the need. The community has responded. Volunteers helped to move the pantry to another building and restocked what they need.
As long neighbors continue to rally around this pantry the volunteers believe these doors will stay open.
To help the pantry with your time or donations you can give them a call at 540-958-8014 or come by the location at 909 Church Street in Clifton Forge.