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      Patrons concerned about fate of food pantry

      The Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry will have to find a new location by July 1.

      The Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry hasn't been charged rent during the 11 years it has been at West Wooster Street, but it will have to find a new home by the summer.On April 18, the owner of the building informed the board the pantry must vacate by July 1 due to renovations, which will close the building.The Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry opened its doors in 1984. Shirley Woessner has been coordinating the food disbursement for the last decade from the basement of a building. "We serve 200 to 300 people a month, and a lot of times a third of them are children," Mrs. Woessner said.

      "I say if God closes one down, he'll open another. I am confident He will help us find a new home," Mrs. Woessner said.

      Bowling Green resident Tammy Smith is a pantry patron. "There has been more than one time that my family would have been hungry without the groceries that we get here," Mrs. Smith said.