Food Fight: Neediest Residents Win A Battle

Donations flood into food bank

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 8:49 PM EDT
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The food pantry in Dumfries, Va., reopens after an influx of donations.

Jane Watrel

The food pantry in Dumfries, Va., reopens after an influx of donations.

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"This is a blessing," said Serida Jones, of Woodbridge, Va.

She is happy about a food pantry reopening sooner than expected.

The Action in Community Through Service Food Pantry in Dumfries, known as ACTS, ran out of food on October 18.

Its director, Rebekah McGee, thought it would have to stay closed until November 1.

But word of the pantry's plight got out, and the community responded with 30,000 pounds of food and thousands of dollars in cash donations.

"We are just really excited we will be able to give out groceries again," McGee told insidenova.com.

"If it wasn't for the pantry, I'd have nothing," Jones said. She lost her job two years ago.

"We always hear about the bad things, so it's great to see everyone help out," Jones said.

ACTS is the largest food pantry in eastern Prince William County, serving about 4,000 people.

“I don’t think people were aware of the extent of the services we provide. They didn’t understand there were that many people in need,” McGee said.

“This is something people can easily relate to and it’s easily fixed.”

The pantry is located at 3900 Acts Lane in Dumfries.

Donations can be made at www.actspwc.org.

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