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HUNTINGTON — Since 2015, the old Southern States store building on 7th Avenue has sat vacant. Over the next year, Facing Hunger Foodbank will turn the space into a teaching kitchen, on-site food pantry and additional storage and office spaces.

Facing Hunger purchased the building in September using American Rescue Plan funds that were provided by Gov. Jim Justice, said Cyndi Kirkhart, the food bank’s CEO. Facing Hunger plans to begin construction in July or August, with the goal of having the space operational by the end of the first quarter of next year, she said.

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