BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- For nearly a year, volunteers at Anchor of Life Ministries have given food to those who otherwise would go without in a building on North Second Street.
"We feed between 100 to 200 people a month, and that's emergency boxes as well as the ones who pick up [boxes] every month," volunteer Zilaphine George said.
Now the food pantry is threatened because of damage from Monday's storms.
"[With] the damage that's been done and everything, we're gonna have to sort through the boxes and see what boxes we can't use," volunteer Greg Edge said. "Hopefully we'll have enough boxes."
The temporary fix they've come up with: black plastic covering up where the roof used to be.
Water can be seen dripping from the drooping plastic, but it's not from Friday's rainfall; that's leftover moisture that's been seeping in from what's left of the tin roof.
That means if rainfall does come, it won't be good.
"It's just made it rough to keep stuff dry. We can't keep the food out to where it won't get wet," George said. "There's some rooms we can move it to, but if we don't get a roof on here, I don't know what we're going to do."
While a news crew was working on the story, word came from the building's owner, George Houston, that roof repairs wouldn't be necessary.
"The landlord called and said he'd just as soon we didn't do that. He's got it up for sale anyway. And he's afraid if we go ahead and get donations to fix the roof and it sells, everybody will be upset over it," vplunteer Zadie Watson said.
Houston said he made the decision to go ahead and sell the building anyway. The volunteers have until June to find a new place.
"If anybody in Booneville knows of a building big enough for a church, a food pantry and a thrift store, and will work with us, we'd appreciate it very much," Watson said.
Houston said he's already replaced a section of roof on the other side two months ago, and feels it's just not financially feasible to replace the newly-damaged section when the buidling is already for sale.
Houston adds the volunteers knew going into the rental agreement that the building was still for sale.