With God's Grace opening its doors to community impacted by Food For Less fire

With God's Grace opening its doors to community impacted by Food For Less fire (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A food pantry on Dayton's east side is stepping up to help families get access to groceries after a fire burned down the Food For Less grocery store.

Food For Less caught fire on Thursday, November 9.

The store was a total loss, and it's left a negative impact on neighbors who depended on it on a daily basis. The next closest grocery store is 2 miles away.

Neighbors told FOX 45 most of the area is too poor to afford cars and mass transit so people walk or bike to get groceries.

"Prices were low they weren't extreme and a lot of people can't get places, there on foot," said Misty Adkins, who lives nearby and walks to get her groceries.

With God's Grace food pantry opened in the neighborhood in April.

Executive director Nicole Adkins says they will open up their doors Tuesday specifically to help families affected by The loss of the grocery store get access to food.

"There is a lot of people that depended on that store and you wouldn't even know until you receive the phone calls of people coming in tomorrow but said we relied on it," Adkins told fox 45 reporter Kelly May.

The food pantry at the intersection of Jersey and Springfield streets it's just a few blocks from Food For Less on E. Third, easily walkable for those without transportation.

"I just want to let this community know and our neighbors know we're here to help them, we're here to support them through hardships," said Nicole.

The pantry will open Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Nicole Adkins said she already has appointments for an overwhelming 400 families.

"That just says that the need here is so Meijer," Adkins continued, "we actually hope that the Food For Less does consider rebuilding in that location because the community and this neighborhood really need the grocery store back."

If you would like to make an appointment you can text 937-397-4124.

Walk in hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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