ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - A Port St. Lucie food pantry is looking for a new home after being evicted today by its landlord.
Employees of the Good Samaritan Ministries are unsure how they'll be able to keep feeding the hundreds of families they see each week.
Two days ago the ministry got a final eviction notice. It stated that the group had to be out by Thursday.
So today employees spent hours moving all of their property into storage.
The landlord filed the eviction in April when he said that the ministry was attracting wild raccoons to the property due to the handouts.
The complaint also shows that the landlord was concerned there was building without a permit and that rent wasn’t being paid.
The employees produced documents that showed that they paid the full amount for their rent each month this year.
But, they were not able to obtain legal representation to prove to a judge that the rent payments were made- which is required for a corporation.
Employees are disappointed a resolution couldn't be made so they could keep helping the community.
"We've diligently worked seven days a week for the last 2 1/2 years to help people to make a difference. It feels like the rug's been pulled out from under us,” said Sara O’Leary with Good Samaritan Ministries.
Employees say they recently placed an order for 4,000 pounds of food and don't have anywhere to put it all.
They say they are working on a lease now for a new location but there's no time frame for when that will be finalized
Now the doors to the ministry are locked and all 8,000 square feet inside the building are empty.