Bronx Food Pantry Faces Eviction
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A Bronx food pantry that serves nearly 3,000 people every month is facing eviction.
Protesters picketed in front of the Highbridge Community Housing Development Corporation Wednesday in hopes of keeping the panty open.
Highbridge Voices and the Muslim Women's Institute are partners in keeping the pantry running.
However, Highbridge Voices issued the eviction notice accusing the pantry of not following extermination procedures, something the pantry denies.
"One of the chief things that I was charged with dealing with was an immense rodent and roach problem," said Highbridge Voices executive director Bruno Casolari.
"Since we've opened, we've had an exterminator come in and exterminate the place every month since 2007. We have every invoice to prove it," said Denise Richards, an assistant at the Muslim Women's Institute.
The pantry has until November 6 to close, but is asking for more time to find a new space.