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Local Food Banks Struggle To Collect Donations

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The Bethlehem Center in Spartanburg is struggling to collect enough food The Bethlehem Center in Spartanburg is struggling to collect enough food
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - At a time when local food pantries have an up tick in need, they have fewer supplies to go around, something that's forced many of them to turn families away.

"It [the pantry] gets really low - October, November, December," said Patrena Mims of The Bethlehem Center. "For the level of families that we're seeing - and making sure that we have all of those food items - breakfast, lunch and dinner - this certainly will not help us accomplish that."

But thanks to all the food drives in The Upstate, those barren shelves filled up quickly Friday morning when Milliken and Company delivered an 18-wheeler full of food. The company delivered about 6,000 pieces of food to several local food banks.

"Pardon me if I cry, but it just warms my heart," said Gina Boyd of Milliken and Company. "It's a rough time a year for a lot of people, and there are so many people in our community that go hungry every day."

Boyd said she organized a company-wide competition, offering bragging rights to the department that raised the most food.

Mims said the center excpects to receive a $7,500 federal grant to help purchase food. She also said Denny's Corporation plans to donate a large of amount of food.

The Bethlehem Center accepts donations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center distributes food to families in need on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Picture identification, proof of income and address and a Social Card are required to receive groceries.

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