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PROCTOR - A local food shelf that lost thousands of pounds of food and its entire building is one step closer to fully recovering.
The Proctor Food Shelf moved into its new location and for the first time in a month they were able to stack the shelves with food.
"We lost everything," Area Churches Together Chairperson Dan Rohweder said.
A month ago, flood waters poured into Keene Creek and washed out and ruined the food shelf's home of more than a decade.
"Lost about 8,000 pounds of food, three freezers and two refrigerators,” said Rohweder. “We lost everything."
Now they’re starting over from scratch and moving into their new home at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
"I think it's awesome, we didn't know how long it would be before we would ever be able to open up again,” said Roweder, “But this is really going well."
"We're welcoming it with open arms,” Bethlehem Lutheran Church Food Shelf Coordinator Linda Southerton said. “We think it’s gonna be really really good thing."
Crews brought in new refrigerators and freezers purchased with flood donations.
Volunteers stocked the shelves with 2,400 pounds of canned and dried goods from a Boys and Girls Scout drive.
"It was just an awesome outpouring of the scouts and the community to generate that much food in such short notice," said Rohweder.
They can now distribute 2,000 pounds of food to more than 60 families and 200 people per month.
Food shelf volunteers say the new location will not just help feed families but also the elder community that lives in the area.
"I think it will be much more accessible to a lot of people that haven't been able to use the food shelf before," said Southerton.
It's a new location, new food and refrigerators, but the same generosity to feed those in need.
If you would like to donate food or money to the food shelf you can drop it off at the Proctor Community Center or AmericInn.
Food shelf organizers say they will not move back into the old location and are in the process of looking for a permanent home.
They'll be at the church for at least a year and will open this Wednesday.