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Charity food kitchen forced to close its doors this week

February 6, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A food kitchen in an Atlantic City church that has served meals for four decades says it is being forced to close its doors.

City official Dale Finch says the Victory First Presbyterian Church, which was deemed an unsafe structure, must cease operations Thursday. NJ.com reports the church is largely vacant except for Sister Jean’s Kitchen, which rents space there.

Rev. John Scotland, executive director of the Friends of Jean Webster Inc., says the news has devastated those who rely on the services. The kitchen provides lunch for 100 to 300 people every weekday.

Scotland places blame on Democratic Mayor Frank Gilliam, who he alleges opposes the kitchen in its current location.

The mayor’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com

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