Hometown Heroes: Community Comes Together to Feed Hungry After Fire

AURORA, Mo. -- A fire at a food pantry in Aurora destroyed more than 5,000 pounds of food. It also destroyed all the freezers and refrigerators used to store the food.

What took years in the making was gone in just a matter of minutes.

"It was really hard to watch it burn," said Christie See. She's a member of Harvest Church that houses the pantry.

The fire broke out Friday night and investigators say it was electrical. The next morning dozens of hungry families came to the church hoping to get their food to take home. But everyone had to be turned away. The church feeds about 200 families a month.

See said it was very hard to tell people there was no food and watch them go away hungry. But it didn't take long before the community and food pantries around the Ozarks heard the news and brought in loads of food and gave large donations.

"If somebody comes to us hungry we are supposed to feed them and so that's what we do. Thanks to donations like these the congregation is able to feed them."

The donations and support has been so tremendous the congregation hopes to expand the pantry and serve more people. The congregation is working on getting a walk in freezer to store more food.

"We just thank them and I suppose we would try to do the same thing if it was somebody else," said Pastor Terry Fletcher.

July 2nd, the Ozarks Food Harvest of Springfield will be at the church to provide plenty of food for those in need, "It will be bigger and better. God has big plans."

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