Central Noble Food Bank Picks Up the Pieces After Fire (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM EST

ALBION, Ind. (NBC33) - On Sunday, February 16th the Central Noble Food Pantry went up in flames, destroying large quantities of their inventory.

Now, they are rebuilding.

The fire started in what appears to have been an electrical short in the apartment upstairs. Fire and smoke damaged almost the entire building, including the food pantry below.

Thanks to a huge outpouring of support from the community though, the pantry is now picking up the pieces and starting all over.

"It was just amazing," says Central Noble Food Pantry director Bonnie Brownelle. "I had probably 50 individuals here Sunday night. They had heard it from someone else or they heard it on the news and they were here to do what they could to help us save our pantry."

Unfortunately the Central Noble Food Pantry cannot accept food donations at this time due to a lack of storage space. If you would like to help out, food bank organizers are asking for monetary donations for now and will begin accepting food donations once the pantry is back up and running.

"Everyone has been so gracious. I have received phone call after phone call wanting to help. What can we do? What do you need? Even clients that come here for the use of our pantry have said 'Bonnie how can we help? We don't have money, we don't have food to give, but can we come and do some labor?'"

Until they are able to move back into their building, the pantry has relocated to the municipal building on Park Drive just east of Albion.

Brownelle says the clean-up is expected to take another month.




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