A Vinton supper club has become temporary home to a food bank after fire damaged its former home. The Harvest Valley Ministry Center was damaged by smoke and water when the neighboring American Legion building in downtown Vinton caught fire Friday. The Harvest Valley Ministry provides food to more than one-hundred Benton County families each month and the center’s administrator, Victoria Fink, says she’s getting lots of phone calls. “I put our phone number on roll over to my cell phone,” Fink says. “I’ve had about a dozen phone calls (from people) concerned. ‘When are you going to open? You are going to open? When?'” Wendy Lange and her husband have three kids and regularly turn to the center for food. “We wouldn’t make it if it wasn’t for Harvest Valley Ministry Center,” Lange says. “We just would not make it.” Everything that comes from the center is free, an outreach of the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church of Vinton. Fink, the manager of the church’s food bank, says most of those they serve don’t qualify for federal financial help. “We service a lot of single family dwellings that are on a fixed income and a lot of families (who) just are hard workers, but they don’t make quite enough to make all ends meet,” Fink says The Harvest Christian Fellowship Church will hold a board meeting to discuss the center’s future on Monday night. They say it will re-open. They’re just trying to figure out the best way to get the center up and running as soon as possible.
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