OAKLAND (KCBS) – 400 low-income families in West Oakland are in danger of losing a vital food source, as the Oakland Food Pantry has been threatened with closure.
It’s an internal dispute that is threatening the pantry on Peralta Street. Greg Harland bought the building where it has been housed the last four years. He has served on the board of directors for the non-profit and has paid all the costs to run the pantry. Now he wants to start rent at $500 a month beginning in the new year.READ MORE: Study Shows Wildfire Smoke Much More Harmful Than Auto Pollution
“I’m not expecting a lot of rent. Now that the pantry has money, I’m expecting the pantry to eventually start taking over all of its expenses.” Harland said.
He is no longer part of the organization and said he has spent $200,000 of his own money to keep operations going.