The Pantry and More is officially set to re-open at its new location with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Owner and operator Tommy Shelton is happy and feeling blessed for the occasion.
“We’re going to get this thing going,” Shelton said. “Let’s make it work like never before!”
Because The Pantry and More is a non-profit that does not receive any government aid, it took efforts from the community to get the new location up and running after a fire destroyed the old building.
“We are a non-profit organization and any donations are tax deductible,” Shelton said.
Keith Brown of Prime Metal Buildings and Components donated the material for the 2,000 square foot building that houses the food, groceries, toiletries and storage for the Pantry.
McCoy’s donated the windows for the new building and United Cooperative Services donated the new telephone pole, wire and tubing. Elliot Electric donated a plethora of equipment to help wire the facilities and Greg Wells, an electrician, donated his time and did the electrical work.
Barnes and McCullough Lumber Co. furnished a lot of lumber and materials for building at a discount. Gifford Appliances donated three freezers and two refrigerators. CVS and Big Lots donated food and grocery items.
The new shelter, like the old one, will have food and clothes for individuals in need. One new feature is the Toy Box where children will be able to pick out up to three toys.
“People have gone crazy with bringing stuff out here and donating and donating their time,” Shelton said. “It’s a real blessing. Anyone who comes on this property qualifies for help. God said feed the hungry, he didn’t say prove their need. It’s not about me, it’s about God and people in need.”
Shelton also wanted to give credit to Cedar Point Baptist Church and Elk Ridge Baptist Church for monthly financial support.
“If you come in the pantry and get a can of pork and beans or you can get a Bible or you can get both," he said. "The Pantry and More is God’s pantry. It’s food for all people and it’s both physical and spiritual food.”
During the ribbon cutting, the first 50 people who attend will receive a set of crosses handmade by Shelton.
The new location of The Pantry and More is 2345 US Hwy. 67, about a half mile past Hard Eight Barbecue.