A Leelanau County charity is hoping to serve more people after purchasing a new location with added space

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A Leelanau County charity is hoping to serve more people after purchasing a new location with added space.

The organization has few more steps before they can move in.

Leelanau Christian Neighbors is a nonprofit that helps supply food to people throughout the community.

They recently purchased a building near the women’s resource center, and health and human services. They’re hoping the new location will make it easier for people to access their services

Mary Stanton is the director of christian neighbors. She said right now the group is working to raise the final third of 600-thousand dollars in renovation costs.

“We’ve raised over a third of the money we need, to finish the project, so we’re pretty optimistic, the community has been pretty generous with us.”

Moving will allow them to expand their services.

“Well certainly we’ll expand our food pantry to offer more fresh produce because we’ll have the ability to house more of that on a weekly basis, we’ll be able to take more donations of fresh produce than we now because we have no place to store it.”

Stanton said Christian Neighbors purchased their new building after operating inside Suttons Bay Schools for six years. She said she hopes to have renovations completed and be moved in the spring.