File this under the last piece of news anyone wants to hear: Anna Food Pantry has closed its doors.
The problem is not donations. Food was coming in, and the spirit of giving is alive and well in the Anna community. No, the problem lies in a home for the Pantry.
Originally, Anna Food Pantry was run out of the Anna United Methodist Church but space issues forced the Pantry to find a new home. According to Pantry Director Charles Miller, a deal for space just off of Highway 75 at the southwest corner of FM 455 fell through at the last minute — tragically, right around Christmas — and he was left to search for a new home once again.
The Pantry found a temporary home at The Palace Banquet and Meeting Facility, located just off of Highway 5. As stated, this was a temporary arrangement, and time has run out. As of May 28, Anna Food Pantry is homeless, and Miller can only think of those he can no longer help as he has no place to store food, accept donations or hand out goods to those in need.
"That’s my concern — the people," Miller said.
For now, those needing assistance can go to the Four Corners Outreach Alliance Food Pantry at 15624 Hwy. 160 in Desert. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays and from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month. Clients can also contact the Community Food Pantry in McKinney at 972-547-4404.
The Pantry has been helping the community since 1978. Charles and Evelyn Miller have run the pantry the past four years and handed out thousands of pounds of food items per year to those needing assistance.
The Pantry’s closing could be a temporary setback if a new location can be found. For those wishing to donate space or help in any way, contact Charles Miller at 469-713-6637.