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Local church and food pantry joining forces to help people affected by heroin epidemic

(WKEF/WRGT)

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DREXEL -- It's an area dealing with heroin overdoses and deaths.

In fact, one street in Drexel has been dubbed 'Morgue Avenue'.

A local church is hoping it's found a way to help some of those struggling get their lives on the right path.

The church pastor said people in Drexel feel they've been given up on.

He wants to show them that's not true.

Today, July 8, 2017.hundreds came out for free food at a mobile food pantry.

The pastor hopes it's a step toward helping and healing the Drexel area.

"I'm absolutely convinced that folks are turning to heroin, the fentanil and the carfentanil is simply because they don't have any hope," said Pastor Rick Kane.

Pastor Rrck Kane is talking about people in Drexel

"So if we can do something like this to let them know there's still hope, there's still hope for folks in Drexel and that's why we're here," said Kane.

Kane's church, Drexel Church of the Nazarene and" With God's Grace" Mobile Food Pantry are teaming up to bring food to hundreds .

"There's a lot of need in this community and that's why we're here, to just be able to give them that little bit of extra support that they need to get through the day and the week, said With God's Grace Executive Director Nicole Adkins.

"It always helps us 'cause sometimes we'll go a couple of days without and we can come out here and get what we need," said Drexel Resident Naomi Hunt.

Each person walked away with a box full of food.

"I think it's great and I highly appreciate it and to see what they're doing for the community around here, especially at these times, I think it's a fabulous thing," said Drexel Resident Dave. He didn't want his last name used.

Pastor Kane said it's a small way to reach out to the Drexel community.

"People need hope and we want to be that hope for them," said Kane.

"We've lost people, I mean one young man we lost just cut me to the core but you know what, it's got to stop," said Carol Kane, the pastor's wife.

"We're not hopeless. We've got reason to get out of bed, put our feet on the ground and look out for each other, connect with each other," said Pastor Kane.

Today was the first time for the mobile food pantry.

Now it will be the second Saturday of every month from 1 pm until 2:30 pm.

It will be at Drexel Church of the Nazarene on Drexel Avenue.



DREXEL (WKEF/WRGT) -- Troubled by recent stories about the drug epidemic in their neighborhood, volunteers with the Drexel Church of the Nazarene and With God's Grace food pantry decided to step up and help.

Today (July 8) they held a mobile food pantry to reach out to people in one of the hardest hit areas, near a street nicknamed 'Morgue Avenue' after a startling numbers of overdose deaths.

Hundreds of people lined up to get a free meal and take home other items like vegetables and bread.

We spoke to the church's pastor, he believes people in this neighborhood are turning to drugs like heroin, Fentanyl and carfentanil because they don't have any hope. He wants them to know there are people who care and want to help.

"I hear it from the community that Dayton pretty much as given up on Drexel, they feel like they've been given up on (1601) so if we can do something like this to let them know there's still hope, there's still hope for folks in Drexel and that's why we're here." said Pastor Rick Kane, Drexel Church of the Nazarene.

The pastor hopes the food pantry will open a door for people to get involved in the community and get on the right path.

The mobile food pantry will be held each month on the second Saturday from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at the Drexel Church of the Nazarene.

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