Friends Helping Friends

Published 12:27 pm Monday, December 16, 2019

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SALUDA–Christmas is considered to be the most wonderful time of the year. It is, however, easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget it is the season of giving. And with all the running around making stress grow to an all time high, there’s nothing wrong with a little help. The Pop-Up Pantry in Saluda is here to alleviate some of the stress. 


The Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is no secret to those in Saluda. But for those of us not familiar, it is a food pantry that welcomes families to come and get groceries for the upcoming week.

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Since July 9, the number of area families benefiting from the Pantry each week has grown from 19 families to 54 families a month.


In one week in November, the pantry helped over fifty families by providing food and a place for people to come and simply feel encouraged and loved. The pantry partners with the MANNA Food Bank of Asheville allowing people to come in and shop for what they need. Fresh produce and meats are available at the pantry as well. 


During December, the pantry has added a winter coat closet. Guests are able to pick up coats, blankets, scarves and hats as needed.


The Pop Up Pantry can be found at Saluda Presbyterian Church. They are open every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with special holiday hours on New Year’s Eve, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They will be closed on Christmas Eve. 


The motto behind the Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Friends Sharing with Friends. Thayer Fleming agreed this is exactly what everyone involved is doing and they are dedicated to the growth of the pantry. For more information, call 828-749-9740 or email  

By Carson Parnell