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Wesley House in Pittsburg announces plans to expand

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The Wesley House in Pittsburg announces plans to expand.  The expansion is to accommodate a growing number of families using the food pantry.

Sally Burdick has been going to the Wesley House Food Pantry for the past year.  She feeds seven foster children as well as two grandchildren.

"You couldn't ask for a better place - they're really helpful," says Burdick.

Burdick says she has noticed the line out the door is getting longer and longer.  In one afternoon last week the facility helped about 65 families.

"We need more room," says Burdick.  "Every day there are more parents coming here, single moms with lots of kids and so we need a bigger facility, we really do."

The increasing need to help others is a reason why Pastor and Executive Director Ellie Foster says they're now expanding.

"Our big room is used for everything and right now it's a storehouse because we got a semi load last week and we don't have room on the shelves to stash it but we're getting there," says Foster.  "Our storage capacity is just going to go through the roof but it will allow us to get more food at less cost and serve people better."

Since 1982 the Wesley House has been helping people in the Pittsburg area.  With the new expansion they'll be able to help more people on a daily basis.

"It's about 1500 square feet, it will be primarily storage, it'll have a loading dock and also a walk in refrigerator freezer unit," says Foster.

The cost is about $130,000, but with the help of donations, special offerings through the church and grants, it's a small price to pay to know they'll be helping more families.

"I think it's fantastic, we really need it here in Pittsburg," says Burdick.  "They help a lot of people out, a lot of single moms.  A lot of people need help.  The Wesley House is always here."

The groundbreaking for the new facility will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  Foster says the new addition should be finished by October.

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