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Athens food bank, crisis service need new homes

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — An agency that feeds the hungry and another that works with victims of rape and domestic abuse are looking for a home.

The Food Bank and Crisis Services of North Alabama have until May to find new locations in Athens.

On Monday, Mayor Dan Williams said he's trying to find the agencies a new place.

"They, along with Red Cross, used to be at United Way's office on Marion Street, but United Way moved them out, and the city offered them a temporary place at our old sanitation facility near the armory," Williams said.

Athens City Schools, however, plan to lease that site for its new bus garage. School officials told the city that state law doesn't allow other agencies to operate in the same facility as the garage.

Williams said the Red Cross is in a detached trailer and can remain on site.The mayor said the school system will need use of the site in May.

"We need to find those agencies a place to operate," Councilman Ronnie Marks said. "They do good for the community."

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