Family donates 35,000 pounds of peaches to Golden Harvest

So far, it's been a typical summer for Golden Harvest Food Bank's Aiken warehouse.


"Traditionally, during the summer, donations are down," said Rusty Marsh, the food bank's South Carolina outreach administrator.

On Monday, there was a change in the trend as the Forrest family, the owner of Dixie Belle Peaches Inc. in Ridge Spring, S.C., donated 20 pallets -- about 35,000 pounds -- of peaches to the food bank.

"In this poor economy and with the high price of gas, this is one way we can help our neighbors," Jimmy Forrest said in a news release from the food bank. Mr. Forrest operates the peach farm with his sons, Matt and Clark, and daughter, Amy Hatfield.

This was the first donation of peaches to the food bank in more than two years.

Mr. Marsh said that the donation will go a long way toward helping feed the hungry in South Carolina and that he expects to get the produce out to those in need quickly. The 130 agencies that receive food from the Aiken warehouse serve a lot of people, he said.

"This is a huge donation," he said. "A lot of folks need it."

As donations have dropped off over the summer, the need has risen.

"We have a lot of folks calling who say they never thought they'd need food assistance," he said.

Increased prices for gasoline and food are to blame, he said. The food bank serves 30 Georgia and South Carolina counties.

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