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Limestone food bank eviction coming, director asks for help

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A food bank helped through the WAFF 48 Can-a-Thon each year is in trouble. The director is asking for someone to give them a new home until they can get their finances in order.

Laura Aldridge, the director of Athens-Limestone Emergency Food & Shelter in Tanner, said the landlord was more than reasonable, but they got months behind on they're rent. The food bank must vacate by Tuesday, July 19.

Holly Stamps, who is married and the mother of a toddler, said she counts on the food bank to help feed her family.

"We're in a tough spot financially. Especially with my husband losing his job. This really helps," she said.

Soon, they'll have to find another way to put food on the table.

"They'll be out on the streets, and they don't deserve that. They need help. As much help as they can get," Stamps said.

Aldridge said she made some management mistakes and missed deadlines that cost the food bank grant money and left their funding cupboard bare.

"It breaks my heart. We've been a food bank for 35 years," she said. "These people have become like family, and I feel like I've let them all down,"

Aldridge said she has applied for more grants, trying to get the food bank above water.

"I've also sent letters to several of our businesses we have here in Limestone County to try and get some help," she said.

Those in need can get food there through the weekend. Aldridge is pleading for someone to help with a new location so they can keep helping families.

"We've got plenty of food. We just don't have a place to put it. We do need to try and stay open. Our county people need us," she said.

Anyone who can offer some space for the food bank can contact Aldridge at (256) 431-1959 or send her and email at lauralou50@aol.com.

She said they will not be able to pay anything right away.  Although "shelter" is in their name, they do not house people. They help people struggling with rent or bills.

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