Fort Worth food pantry forced out of its church building moves to new location

The Fort Worth pantry, forced out of the church building, is moving to a new location

A pantry that supplies families in East Fort Worth moved to a new location this weekend. That’s because the church that runs the pantry was forced to leave its building.

A pantry that supplies families in East Fort Worth moved to a new location this weekend.

That’s because the church that runs the pantry was forced to leave its building.

After 4 years at St. Luke’s in the Meadows Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, the 4 Saints Food Pantry had to say goodbye and find a new home.

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“It was difficult,” said Reverend Karen Calafat. “It felt overwhelming at first and then it was absolutely amazing.”

According to Calafat, 30 church volunteers helped move the pantry to their temporary home over the weekend for the next year at Texas Wesleyan University.

“We will look after between 60 and 120 families every Friday,” she said.

This number of families looked after only grew during the pandemic.

The church was located near a food wasteland in east Fort Worth, defined as an area where a large fresh grocery store can be more than a mile away.

Calafat, her ward, and three others in Fort Worth had decades of memories and evacuation of their buildings by Monday after a split in the Episcopal Church resulted in them losing rights to the properties.

An exception was the preschool at St. Christopher Episcopal Church. It will be allowed to finish the school year and hopefully find another facility by the fall. It serves about 15 families.

“We are determined. We will continue,” said Calafat. “So far everyone has found a temporary worship room and we worshiped last Sunday and we will worship this coming Sunday.”

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