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  • Pantry groundbreaking ushers in new era for Ivy Bend

  • Community supporters and dignitaries gathered at the Ivy Bend Food Pantry in southern Morgan County on Saturday for a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new facility at the site after getting a financing package together which includes local grants and donations and a state grant.
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  • Community supporters and dignitaries gathered at the Ivy Bend Food Pantry in southern Morgan County on Saturday for a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new facility at the site after getting a financing package together which includes local grants and donations and a state grant.
    A 60-foot by 100-foot building is planned to house a new state-of-the-art food pantry and community center next to the existing food pantry space just off Ivy Bend Rd. The community center area will have a full kitchen and act as a senior center. The old food pantry will be turned into a medical clinic with counseling services.
    The estimated cost for the project is $300,000.
    News of the expansion comes just a few months after the pantry opened an educational center in its old thrift store building this past spring.
    In his comments to a crowd of more than 50, Pantry President Charlie Myrick said Ivy Bend is no longer about what it was but what it is becoming.
    The pantry provides food for more than 500 individuals every month.
    The remote rural community has had a reputation for crime and poverty. In addition to its goal of feeding people in need, the pantry is also aiming to turn that reputation around through education and community support.

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