Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center in Gloverville recently renovated a community food bank with a $6,700 grant received from the Food Lion Feed program.
The grant allowed the center to add new freezers, refrigerators and lighting to the pantry.
“We have glass doors so our clients can eat fresh food,” said Joely Luguizamon, site administrator for the Catholic Charity of South Carolina. like.”
The money was also used to purchase other equipment needed to feed the food-poor people, such as larger storage racks.
Additionally, Food Lion donated over $3,500 in gift cards to stock pantry shelves.
Food Pantry is a partner of the Golden Harvest Food Bank and has been serving the community for over 30 years.
Golden Harvest Food Bank Coordinator Jessica Reborn said, “The need for this food is so high in our community as we head into the holiday season.” We always make sure no one goes hungry, and this is certainly an added blessing.”
In 2021, Golden Harvest will provide nearly 3,000,000 meals to the people of Aiken County, of which more than 50,000 will go to Our Lady of the Valley in Gloverville.
“This is a town with a lot of hungry people, and I’m happy to spread the word that this is a resource,” Reborn said.
Other stores across the state also donate excess food to local food banks, according to Food Lion.
“We’ve really found a natural progression in supporting food insecurity and local pantries,” said Billy Harcum, director of operations for Food Lion’s in the region.
Our Lady of the Valley Food Pantry in Gloverville is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 11:45am.