Dumfries food pantry temporarily closes

About 2,000 poverty-stricken people in and around Prince William County, Va., will be without a weekly food supply because of the temporary shut-down of a local food pantry.

Action in Community Through Service, which runs myriad programs for the homeless and poor, shut the doors on its Dumfries, Va., food pantry Monday afternoon because of a lack of donations and an overwhelming need, said Taylor Lenz, the food pantry coordinator. The pantry will remain closed until at least Nov. 1. The pantry is still distributing perishable food items until they run out.

Lenz said a decline in donations and a 40 percent increase in the number of people being served over the last couple months contributed to the shutdown.

“We really just wanted to be able to give them the full amount [of food],” Lenz said. “We have nothing left on our shelves.”The program has been serving more than 1,000 families and 4,000 individuals per month; about half that total are children, Lenz said.

The food pantry takes financial donations on their website and non-perishable and perishable food items at 3900 Acts Lane, off Main Street in Dumfries, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Tuesdays, when donations are accepted from noon until 7 p.m.

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