KCK food pantry still helps the hungry after break-in - KCTV5

KCK food pantry still helps the hungry after break-in

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After vandals tore through their food pantry over the weekend, a KCK church congregation is still finding a way help people in need. (KCTV5) After vandals tore through their food pantry over the weekend, a KCK church congregation is still finding a way help people in need. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

After vandals tore through their food pantry over the weekend, a KCK church congregation is still finding a way help people in need.

The Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church fills tables full of fresh foods and serve about 150 local families once a month as part of their pantry program.

Criminals spent hours inside causing extensive damage, they stole a computer and donations from the church's safe.

The church was forced to shut down after all the damage had been done by the vandals.

However, thanks to the help from the congregation, Harvesters and others, the pantry reopened Tuesday at a conference center at 32nd Street and Garfield Avenue.

Pastor Bryan Mann says a lot of people have been calling asking what they can do, but he says the pantry can’t accept donations because they have nowhere to store them.

“Right now, we’re on hold as far as physical donations,” Mann said. “Monetary donations that can go towards the future of the pantry, we can accept that. They can send those to the church.”

Mann says it’s still too dangerous for people to go inside the church.

He says they forgive whoever broke into the church.

"If we have hate in our heart for somebody that destroys property that can be replace, who are we," Mann said. "We want to serve the community, that's why we are here."

Police are still looking for the vandals.

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