Truck Stolen from Food Pantry Now In Need of Repairs
By Gan Matthews, NEWS 9
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -- The food pantry at the Living Word Church is improvising how to deliver their food after their truck was stolen and returned damaged.
The food pantry supplies food to about 150 families per week.
"Some of them's pretty desperate. Some of them's lost their jobs. Some of them has lost everything," said Phillis Rains, a volunteer worker with Living Word Church.
The church had been using a 1988 flatbed pickup to transport food items that are provided by local suppliers, but last weekend someone stole the pickup.
The thief drove it along the cable barriers on I-40 for several hundred feet. That damaged the steering column and tore off a tire.
Pantry volunteers may be able to repair the flatbed but delivering food has become difficult.
"We're kinda in a strait right now. We have a lot of food to pick up. So you know, we're doing some makeshift, but that truck's pretty important to us," said Clinton Briscoe, Living Word Church pastor.
No arrests have been made in connection to the truck theft.