The Baltimore North Cluster Food Bank has reopened in a different location five days after a car driven by a volunteer delivering bread accidentally backed into and went through the shed that houses the food bank.
Volunteers from local churches who support the food bank at Pine Grove United Methodist Church on Middletown Road in Parkton spent several days moving undamaged food and shelving into the church's social hall.
The food bank reopened on Feb. 11.
Insurance adjusters declared the 14-by-24-foot shed a total loss, said the Rev. Peg Click, Pine Grove's pastor.
She estimated the cost of a new shed, with a finished interior and electricity, to be between $10,000 and $12,000.
"I still think it's a miracle nobody was hurt," she said. "God brings good out of bad. The shed was at least 18 years old and we had talked about when we were going to replace it. This hastened our decision."
She said a lot of canned goods were damaged in the accident and were thrown away.
The Hereford Food Bank and the Fallston Food Bank were generous in donating food, she said.
The accident occurred at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 6 when longtime food bank volunteer Catherine Bosley, 69, of Upperco, backed her 2009 Saturn SUV into the shed.
Click was in the food bank at the time of the accident, preparing to open it for clients to arrive at 10 a.m. Neither she nor the driver were injured.
Click said food donations can be dropped off during Food Bank hours. They are each Sat. and Mon. from 10 a.m. to noon, and on Wed. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. People with food to be dropped off at other times may call 410-343-0729 to make arrangements.
Click said monetary donations may be sent to P.O. Box 211, Monkton, Md. 21111. Checks should be made payable to Baltimore North Cluster Food Bank.
This story has been updated.