Community Food Pantry breaks ground for expansion
On Thursday, Dec. 12, Chairman of the Board Ron Duvall, Connie Latimer and Monte Fenner took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion at Community Food Pantry.
"This is a great thing for us," Duvall said. "Something we've been waiting on for a long time. Connie and Monte were instrumental in starting this. Then ConAgra gave us a grant and The Food Bank in Columbia gave us a grant, so we're good to go."
Latimer and Fenner donated the money to get the project started as a memorial to their father who passed away in April.
"When our dad passed away in April we did a memorial to start the building fund so we could at least get started on the expansion," Latimer said. "You can't get finished if you don't get started. ... We think that would make our dad happy."
Duvall said he wanted to thank the board members for their hard work and noted he appreciated the support from the community.
"I'd like to thank our board members. They work hard. We all work hard here," Duvall said. "... I just can't believe how fast it's come together. The community has been great."
Duvall thanked everyone for attending and Latimer thanked Duvall for his hard work.
"I know that the board helps and everyone else helps, but this food pantry wouldn't thrive like it does if it wasn't for this man (Ron) right here," she said. "... He works really, really hard and without him none of this would be possible anyways."
Duvall said Wick Buildings, the construction company, will need a week of good weather to get the dirt and concrete work done, but after that the building can be put up in any season.
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