A pantry van from East Bay church food donated to the church by the city of San Leandro was stolen Thursday morning.
The thief took the van out of the parking lot at the All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro around 5:30 in the morning and police have not yet found it.
The church food kitchen has been offering free groceries for 11 years. The van was given to the church last June after retiring from use by the city.
The pastor of the church, Rev. Justin Cannon, said that he was heartbroken
but still positive.
“Our food kitchen is one of those expressions of love when we search
to feed hungry people, just like Christ did, “he said. “It breaks my heart
someone would steal a food kitchen van from a church. “
Cannon said that the church would welcome a van if
someone has one, they can lend to distribute food.
The food pantry coordinator, Tom Breckenridge, said the theft would not stop the pantry from supplying food to the public.
“This will not stop us from feeding those in need,” he said. “We
will continue to hold our food pantry with a modified protocol when we follow the CDC and
The current recommendation of the District Health Department is a pandemic. We serve
people already live on the edge. They can continue to rely on us. “
The stolen van is a white Ford E-350 XL Super Duty. License plate number 8NPM513 and van have number 32 at the back with blisters on the driver’s side door by the handle.