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Atlanta food bank at risk after they say thieves stole equipment

ATLANTA — A local food bank is asking for donations after they say thieves stole important equipment from them.

The Grocery Spot in Atlanta opened on Charlotte Place in 2022 to help bring healthy foods to an area that is considered a food desert.

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In recent days, the nonprofit just got two new refrigerators.

They shared a video with Channel 2 Action News that showed two people pulling up in a van and taking off with the compressor for those units.

The Grocery Spot recently qualified for grant money to buy the refrigerators.

Channel 2′s Veronica Griffin was told up until a few months ago this store operated solely off of donor funds.

Patricia Ward, a volunteer and client, also known as Ms. Pat lives in the neighborhood.

“Without The Grocery Spot, a lot of us would not survive,” said Ward.

She said she has health issues and the store helps her.

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“I have health issues. I get total disability, and the grocery spot helps me survive. We’re what you call a food desert,” said Ward.

The volunteers restock shelves Monday through Friday and hand out free groceries and household items until they run out each day.

In all, they serve about 1,000 people a week.

The Grocery Spot set up a way for people to give donations through its website.

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