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Food pantry to seek different spot in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A local food pantry has been a staple in Southington and worked out of several buildings. However, the group now wants to be under one roof and some people have a problem with it being near a school.

Officials with Bread for Life wanted to buy a vacant lot near W. A. Derynoski Elementary School in Southington.

However, some parents are upset that a food pantry would be close to a school and children.

"Majority of people are probably fine but I think it just makes you wonder who might be in that area," said Kelly McKenna, who is a parent of a third-grader. 

"Even though he's in school during the day, I still worry with everything happening everywhere," said parent Tanya Fritz.

Southington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph V. Erardi Jr. said between emails, phone calls and letters, he's received about 75 to 100 complaints. For the next 60 days, the school and Bread for Life are going to try looking at other sites around town.

"We are excited to work with the Southington School System to explore other possibilities for our operations," Bread for Life said in a statement Friday. "Bread for Life remains committed to a new building and if a comparable and acceptable alternative is not identified we will move forward with our existing plan."

A public hearing is set for Oct. 15 at Southington Town Hall at 7 p.m.

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