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Food pantry loses entire stock

The food pantry so many depend on is now empty. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The food pantry so many depend on is now empty. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The AC unit had broken and mold was growing everywhere. (Source: Susan Baker) The AC unit had broken and mold was growing everywhere. (Source: Susan Baker)
Susan Baker (Source: WAVE 3 News) Susan Baker (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After a four day, muggy weekend, Suzanne Baker opened the door of her organizations food pantry expecting it to look as full as it normally does.

"I came in and I thought, what is that odor? And then I started looking around and there's green fuzz all over everything," she said.

That odor was mold. The air condition unit had broken and it was growing everywhere. Not a single can or box of food was spared.

"There were pasta back here that had hair growing on it like this long," Baker motioned.

The food pantry so many depend on is now empty.

"Everything. We lost it all. Everything. The shelves are bare," she said.

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The Ministries United of South Central Louisville relies on donations from people and churches. They help thousands of people each year with things like coats, money for rent and food. Many are moms and dads who are struggling to keep their families afloat.

"A daddy who has fallen and is hurt," she said. "It could be a young mommy whose child has gotten sick and due to that sick child she's lost her job."

The AC unit that broke has now been repaired, but it's going to take a lot to re-stock the supply of food.
Baker worries about the families she's turning away.

"When we have to tell somebody no, that's not why we come to work every day. We come to work every day to help people and that's the people I think about at 3 o'clock in the morning," Baker said.

The food pantry does still need to do some work inside to make sure all the mold is gone. They are in need of volunteers to help with that process.

The group was approved for a community grant, but they said that money won't cover half the cost of what they lost.

If you would like to help, contact M.U.S.C.L. at 502-363-9087.

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