Broken Arrow Neighbors opened new facility this week, features community pantry for Broken Arrow

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October 9, 2014 (KJRH.com) by Joe Henke

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Broken Arrow Neighbors is now ready to help more of their neighbors than ever before.

On Monday, staff and volunteers at Broken Arrow Neighbors continue helping people by giving away food at their new pantry.

Last year, the community organization gave food away to more than 9,000 Broken Arrow individuals in need.

The new facility allows qualifying residents to stop by and self-shop. In the past, volunteers would bag food up and deliver it to people.

Now individuals and families can stop by once a month and take home a select amount of food.

“The main push to do this, is it just brought a little bit more dignity,” Development Coordinator Chris Mills said. “In the past one of our volunteers just bagged up the food kind of based off a food sheet, and just handed it to them.”

With room to grow  in and around the new $1.2 million dollar facility, which is several times larger than Broken Arrow Neighbor’s old building, planning for the future is already underway.

“We are looking at the possibility of a community garden,” Mills said. “Maybe some more parking, maybe another small metal building we can do a soup kitchen out of.”

Under the same roof, clients at Broken Arrow Neighbors are able to receive medical, dental and financial help.

Broken Arrow Neighbors is open at its new location, 315 West College St. in Broken Arrow, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.