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The food pantry will be at 205 S. Baltimore St. for a least one year.

Shepherd's Crook Food Pantry Finds New Home

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- After months of moving around, Shepherd’s Crook Food Pantry finally has a new home, and it will move to a new location next week.

Currently, the food pantry operates out of Ocean City Health Center’s Annex, but will move to 205 S Baltimore St., on May 1st.

It’s been a long, tough journey for Shepherd’s Crook, the food pantry that was once attached to Saint Paul’s by The Sea Church. It used to operate out of the ground floor of the church’s rectory.

The rectory went up in flames last November. Two people were killed, including Pastor David Dingwall. One person was badly burned and is still recovering.

Ever since the fire destroyed the rectory, volunteers have been moving from one place to another serving people like Buddy Hughes who depend on them.

"They [Shepherd’s Crook] help with food and also medication; they help me pay for it,” Hughes said, who was once homeless.

Shepherd’s Crook has been Hughes’ lifeline for five years and Derrick Percifull’s for ten.

“ They give us food; if you need some clothing, you can get clothing,” said Percifull, who was holding a bag of basic necessities. “They take care of you."

Jeanne Cushing is a volunteer. She said the pantry has had to cut back on laundry and computer services due to lack of space. She said the new location will be much larger, allowing them to bring it back.

" We've not had space for the computers and the printer and the laundry facility, which we used to have,” Cushing said. “ At the rectory they were able to sit outside and socialize. Here, there's no place for them to be," said Cushing, who spoke about the cramped space in the annex.

Shepherd’s Crook’s new home is in an empty storefront. Cushing said they are going to add tables and chairs for clients to sit and socialize.
 
Michael Taylor, who volunteers with the food pantry, is happy to see them bounce back from such a tragic situation.

  "It feels great because everybody who comes here thought it would be done after that, and then they're surprised to see that we're still going on," Taylor said.

Volunteers said they plan to renew the one-year lease once it is up. They said they hope to eventually move back on the church’s campus in the future.

 
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