The Nelson County Pantry received an early Christmas present during the late summer of 2009. George “Bo” Delk of Blue Dog donated a new walk-in freezer/refrigerator unit. Rightway Installations owned by Mike Gray with the assistance of Jordan Gray and his employees installed the unit including the concrete foundation at the cost of materials . Gary Hudson provided the crane and the expertise to move and lift the unit over the roof of the Pantry building and set in into position. BB&T Bank purchased the needed electrical supplies to convert the unit to a type of electrical service available to the Pantry. Carlton Ballowe installed and connected the electrical service.
This new unit provided the Pantry with extra storage space and the opportunity to receive fresh produce and take advantage of special purchases not possible in the past. The first month the walk-in unit was operational, the Pantry was able to provide an additional 1,600 lbs. of peaches and 1,000 lbs. of apples to the more than 700 clients visiting the Pantry.
Previously, turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas would need to be stored at local grocery stores and the Nelson County High School. This year, there was room to accommodate not only the turkeys, but the donation of 1,500 lbs. of venison from Hunters for the Hungry.
This new unit greatly expands the Pantry’s ability to help our Nelson County neighbors in need.