MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A community food pantry in Mesa has been a lifeline for many seniors during the pandemic. About a year ago, Elaine Mack started stocking a pantry and fridge in the mobile home park Agave Village to help keep people fed. "We have people living here that are bringing in $755 dollars a month on social security," said Mack.
In March, Arizona's Family Surprise Squad heard what she was doing and donated $2,000 to help keep the food pantry running. Now, it is being forced to shut down. Mack said Agave Village management received two complaints, one regarding a bug and another about expired fruit.
"There are just things that are happening with this pandemic that's brought a lot of people down, and we're trying to get them back up again and help them any way we can."
"She called me yesterday and she says shut it down, you are done," said Mack. The news is heartbreaking for people like Patty Pacheco. She had a stroke two years and can't drive. The food pantry has been a god sent during the pandemic.
"I am not going to be able to get by now. I am going to have a really hard time," said Pacheco. "They are wrong, they are wrong. It is absolutely wrong. I have never seen fruit flies or any type of bug in here."
The Agave Village management team sent Arizona's Family this statement:
At Agave Village, we are proud to support residents who take the initiative to give back to their local community. Throughout the pandemic, we have implemented and supported programs that provide vital supplies and resources to those in need, and this remains an ongoing and active priority of our community. We welcome the opportunity to work with the sponsors of this program to ensure that those in need receive these valuable resources in a safe and effective manner.