Pop-Up Pantry resumes serving the community

Published 12:09 pm Monday, May 4, 2020

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The Saluda Pop-Up Pantry re-opened on Tuesday, May 5 from 4:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m providing weekly drive-through grocery pick-up at the Saluda Presbyterian Church, located at 54 Carolina Avenue. Pantry guests are asked to go first to the Saluda Baptist Church parking lot and follow directions provided by Pantry volunteers to receive pre-packaged boxes of groceries.

The Saluda Pop-Up Pantry operates in partnership with MANNA Food Bank of Asheville with funding from the Church of the Transfiguration and generous donations from members and businesses of the Saluda Community.

“We’re very thankful for the support received throughout our community to make the Pantry possible,” Thayer Fleming, Pantry volunteer said. “We couldn’t ask for a more giving community that is so willing to lend a hand to our neighbors in need in these challenging times.”

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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have placed many in our community in financial jeopardy and re-opening the pantry now is of utmost importance. Pantry organizers anticipate the number of guests to increase over the next few months.

“We have put safety first in our plans to re-open,” Fleming continued. Volunteers will follow CDC and MANNA guidelines for food bank operations and safety during the pandemic.

The Pop-Up Pantry appreciates the support received from the Wild Flour Bakery, Wakey Monkey the Green River Barbecue, and our local Dollar General Store. The valuable contributions of time, money and gifts from our neighbors who care deeply are greatly appreciated.

You can support the Pop-up Pantry in two ways: Volunteer or donations. For more information, contact Jane Ella Matthews at jemtt1@icloud.com.


Submitted by Thayer Fleming