Cherry Hill Food Pantry is searching for a new home, again: 'I was absolutely stunned'

Mike DeNardo
August 25, 2019 - 4:00 am

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — For the second time this year, the Cherry Hill Food Pantry is searching for a new home.

Janet Giordano, executive director of the pantry, couldn’t believe it.

"When I got this letter, it was like somebody hit me over the head with a club,” she said. “I was absolutely stunned."

A potential landlord was withdrawing a low-rent offer to lease a building at the Church Road Circle. 

The pantry, which is losing its current lease at the Brace Road Shopping Center, once again has to search for a new home. 

The pantry had collected $11,000 in a GoFundMe campaign toward renovations of the potential new building, but that fundraising has now been suspended. 

Giordano said the pantry's current landlord, Kimco Realty, has extended its rent-free lease while the search for a new location resumes.

"We have till Nov. 1, but really that's not enough time. Even if I found a building tomorrow, just putting in the electric we need — even if the rest of it was all pristine — you need time," she explained.

In the meantime, Giordano said the 450 people who use the facility each month don't know what they'll do if the pantry is forced to close.