Church asks food pantry to move out after 35 years

MARCOLA, Ore. - The Mohawk Valley Church has asked the Helping Hands food pantry to move out after 35 years.

Tuesday was the last day for the food pantry. Organizers said they don't know where they'll go now.

"It's been stressful since we got the news because it was a shock to us, so we've all been scrambling to pull it together," said Julie Angel, a Helping Hands volunteer. "But we have an awesome community and there's so many caring people here."

The Mohawk Valley Church has been home to Helping Hands for decades. The head of the church asked the food pantry to move out of thee building, making Tuesday the last day.

Representatives of the church declined to comment for this story.

"It's a sad thing," said Leatta Freese, who received food from Helping Hands. "Everyone here is below the poverty level and really do use this food."

Volunteers are currently looking for a new location - and hoping they can afford it.

"We've been here for 35 years. This is kind of like home," said volunteer Lisa Johnson. "This is the only place we've ever known, so all this getting donations and everything to do this is just really new to us."