Cherry Hill Food Pantry is losing its lease, looking for help to fix up new location

Mike DeNardo
July 08, 2019 - 3:28 pm
The Cherry Hill Food Pantry is losing its lease and looking for help to fix up new location.

Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The Cherry Hill Food Pantry has been helping people in South Jersey for more than a dozen years. Now it needs some help itself.

Janet Giordano walked through the Brace Road storefront where on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Cherry Hill Food Pantry opens its doors to 450 needy people each month.  

But maybe not for much longer.

"We have lost our lease here," Giordano explained. 

The property owner, Kimco Realty, had given the pantry a rent-free home for the last three years. But now, an Asian grocer is moving in.  

Giordano says she's been offered a reduced-rent location at the old Deacons Luggage store on the Church Road circle, but the property needs work.

"It's not in good shape at all.  It doesn't have usable restrooms and it's not a big open space as I need," she said.

She's asking for people with trade skills to donate their time to do HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry work, as well as install 4,000 square feet of new flooring. Giordano says realistically, all of that work can't be done before the pantry's current lease expires Aug. 5.  

So she's asking for an extension while she seeks help from the community.

If you can donate services, contact the pantry at cherryhillnjfoodpantry@gmail.com

If you want to donate money, visit the pantry's GoFundMe page here