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Loaves & Fishes Releases Statement Explaining Sudden Shutdown

8:52 AM, Sep 1, 2013   |    comments
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Burlington, NC -- It took four days of an entire community in shock, asking why and finally, the director of Loaves and Fishes has broken her silence.

The pantry suddenly shutdown without an explanation to the 7,000 clients who receive food there every month.

Even volunteers found out about the closing when they showed up for work and saw the doors were closed last week.

Late Saturday night, the director, Brenda Allen, released a statement saying Loaves and Fishes shutdown because of financial problems.

Allen says Loaves and Fishes had to cut expenses to a "bare minimum, using limited employees to operate daily. Food distribution had been reduced to two days a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) since January 2013."

The director went on to say "we greatly regret having to close our organization in this manner, but we feel we had no choice."

The one page statement did not explain why no one gave clients or supporters of the pantry notification before the shutdown. 

According to tax documents WFMY New 2 reviewed from the Secretary of State's office, Loaves and Fishes brought in about $9.4 million in donations last year.

The director and her husband Larry Allen, who was the treasurer of Loaves and Fishes, together took home more than $130,000 in salary last year.

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