New facility to provide more assistance to Zachary families in need

New facility to provide more assistance to Zachary families in need
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POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 4:04pm

The Zachary Food Pantry is moving into a new home thanks to grants and some generous donations.

The food pantry has been around for 25 years, but recently it has been feeding more and more families. Hundreds of families now come in for help every month.

Long-time volunteers say it was almost impossible to meet their needs in a smaller space and they're excited about the new facility.

"Ten years ago, I think we had 40 families a month,” Roma Prejean, a volunteer, said. “Now, we have close to 400 a month that qualify. But Zachary's a very generous community. We keep the shelves stocked."

The price tag for the pantry's new home was over $300,000. It was paid for with state grant money and money put up by the city.

The Zachary Food Pantry hands out meals, sundries and paper products to qualified families every Tuesday, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at 5746 Rollins Road. If anyone is hungry or a family is in need, call the Zachary Community Center at (225) 654-3164, since the Zachary Food Pantry does not have a phone on location, or call the Zachary Police Department at (225) 654-9393 or the Zachary Fire Department, (225) 654-0026 or the Chamber of Commerce at (225) 654-6777. Food barrels are located at Bank of Zachary on Main Street and Winn-Dixie on Hwy. 19.

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