$400 in food for homeless stolen from Rock Hill church pantry

Someone took $400 in food from a pantry at a Rock Hill church that provides food to homeless people.

The theft was reported Monday at Oakdale Baptist Church on Oakdale Road, according to a police report.

Senior pastor Joey Deese said someone went into the church pantry and took $400 in grocery bags filled with food and meat. The pantry is open once a month for the church’s homeless ministry.

Deese said they have no idea who took the items or why, and that the church is happy to help anyone in need of food.

“We’re not mad or angry, just forgiving,” he said. “They probably needed it and maybe they didn’t want to say they needed it. Even if they’re reading this: if you need food, the Lord will provide and he’ll use that food pantry to do that.”

Deese said the theft happened March 16, but church officials wanted to make sure the items weren’t misplaced or given out by another church member before contacting law enforcement.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala