300 pounds of food, including 20 turkeys, stolen from New Bedford food pantry

More than 300 pounds of holiday food, including 20 turkeys, were stolen from the food pantry of a New Bedford church, police and church officials said Sunday.

Burglars broke into the outside refrigerator of Saint Anthony of Padua Church last Saturday and cleaned out about $600 worth of food, including the turkeys, eggs, and 150 pounds of cheese, said New Bedford police and Joel Cosmo, Saint Anthony’s sexton.

The community, trying to make up for last week’s break-in, has made donations but the pantry remains in dire need of food for Thanksgiving, Cosmo said. The church regularly serves meals to those in need.

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“We serve up to 700 families every two weeks,” Cosmo said. “It’s important for us to make sure our supply is not too drained, especially this time of year when the need is higher than any other time.”

The church will also have to fix the industrial refrigerator since the thieves ripped the bolts out and rendered the insulation useless, Cosmo said.

“They really did some extensive damage,” he said.

To donate to Saint Anthony of Padua, call the church’s rectory at 508-993-1691.