Food pantry needs new location to continue to help those in need

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Little Pantry That Could is losing its location and looking for a new place so it can stay open.

When the Little Pantry That Could first started, Nashville was very different.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that people still need help finding food and employment.

“When we first started this five and a half years ago, we had maybe 10 or 12 people who came to us every week,” Founder and Executive Director Stacey Downey said. “Now we have between 160 and 200 families who come here every week to get their groceries.”

She continued, “We have also grown to do quite a bit of homeless outreach.”

Right now the food pantry is located at 4710 Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville at a church, but that church is closing.

“Ideally, we would like to stay in West Nashville, but right now we are just looking anywhere we can go,” explained Downey. “This came from higher up and they are closing the church. What they are going to do with the building is not clear to us, but they told us our last day here is May 31.”

Adding to the challenge of relocating is the increased property costs in west Nashville. Finding a place to buy has been a big challenge.

“We are really looking for a rehab place,” Downey told News 2. “We have some labor and we have some money in a fund to fix up a place, so we are looking for something that doesn’t have to be shiny and bright.”

She added, “It just needs to be a place where our people are welcome and we can keep the doors open.”

The Little Pantry That Could is a 501-C-3 recognized non-profit organization, so donations are tax deductible.

“We are hoping that someone out there will recognize the value we have for this community. We are hoping someone out there has a place they can share,” said Downey.

In the meantime, the pantry will continue to serve the people of West Nashville and the surrounding area.

They vow not to let the loss of a location stop their mission.

For ways to help this organization, click here.

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