Hundreds of pounds of meat stolen from local food pantry

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Just outside the doors of the Westside Good Neighbors Center, a huge freezer is meant to hold hundreds of pounds of food to feed hungry families across Wichita, but this week, it's almost empty.

"Someone just cut the lock and got in and helped themselves to whatever food that was in there," says Member of the Board of Directors, Mike Truly.

Last week, when volunteers showed up at the pantry they found the freezer door wide open and the lock on the ground.

Truly says someone broke into the freezer and stole between 400 and 500 pounds of meat.

"It's frustrating for us because we're giving food away, so when someone does this, it takes away from our ability to serve other people...If they would just show up, we would give them food," says Truly.

The pantry gave food to more than 1,000 people last month and every penny they spend comes from donations.

"We've always just operated on a shoe string just because of limited funds," says Truly.

He says money is even tighter right now. This year, they've already had to remove graffiti from their delivery truck and fix a broken out window inside the facility.

"It's a miracle that we've been able to do what we've been able to do for as long as we've been able to do it," says Truly.

This week will be no exception. Truly says they'll find the money and families will still be fed.

"One thing that we're not short on are people that want to help volunteer and help the center run."

If you would like to donate, you can send monetary donations to: (Make checks payable to Westside Good Neighbors Center)

Olivet Baptist Church, Treasurer

3440 West 13th St. North

Wichita, KS  67203