Grant enables area food pantries to receive storage freezers

Rusty Marsh: State administrator for Golden Harvest Food Bank said more than 20 local agencies will get freezers.

Food pantries in the Midland Valley area were in a tough situation - but thanks to a grant, it's now a little bit better.


Mill layoffs last year resulted in an increased need for food at the pantries, but many of the pantries didn't have enough space to store frozen food, said Rusty Marsh, the South Carolina administrator for the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

A $13,670 grant from the UPS Foundation will help solve some of the storage issues, he said.

"We will be purchasing freezers for some of our member agencies," he said.

Before applying for the grant, Mr. Marsh contacted several of the agencies to find out the need.

More than 20 agencies will receive a chest or upright freezer to store food to meet the demands of those in need. Nearly half the agencies are in the Midland Valley area.

Other freezers will be distributed in the rural areas that Golden Harvest Food Bank serves.

Mr. Marsh said he expects to purchase the freezers within the next few weeks.

Last year, Aiken's Golden Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 2 million pounds of food through community and church food pantries.

The food bank serves 25 Georgia and South Carolina counties and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in February.

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