From the Earth Donates Cooler

Right after receiving a donated chest freezer from Russ and Kathy Johnson, Pastor’s Pantry also has a new cooler!

Our neighbor, From The Earth Inc. health foods, a half-block away from the pantry at 21 West Third Street in Lexington, this week gave us a 7-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide, 3-foot-deep electric reach-in refrigeration unit with glass doors that enables us to see the foods inside.

Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy Dink Shaw and his inmate work crew moved the cooler to Pastor’s Pantry. Pantry Assistant Jim Deal temporarily took down a porch railing at From the Earth so the cooler could be taken out through a side door. The glass doors and the shelves had to be removed temporarily so the cooler would be easier to roll and carry onto and off of the work crew’s trailer.

After Jim reassembled the cooler in Pastor’s Pantry’s food warehouse, the pantry staff and volunteers immediately began stocking it with daily grocery donations from Food Lion. The cooler replaces three home refrigerators that we used a long time to keep food cool at the pantry. We donated the still-working refrigerators to needy clients.

From the Earth has sold vitamins and herbs since 1980. Owner Jackie Yates said she kept fresh carrots and other food, juices, and flowers in the cooler over the years but recently decided she no longer needed the unit. She probably will fill the space formerly occupied by the cooler with shelving for vitamins, she said.

Jackie said she wanted the cooler to go to someone who will put it to good use. We certainly will do that at Pastor’s Pantry.

We are very grateful to have generous neighbors like Jackie Yates and From the Earth – thank you!

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News Release – WXII Food Drive

    For Immediate Release Oct. 23, 2014

  Food drive to be held
In connection with WXII newscast in Lexington

     While conducting its newscast from Lexington next week, Winston-Salem television station WXII will also collect food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

     Robin Bivens, executive director of the Lexington Tourism Authority, said she has been assured that all the food donations will go to emergency feeding programs for Davidson County residents who are needy and hungry.

     WXII will broadcast the news next Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 5 to 6:30 p.m. from in front of the historic Old Court House on the Square in Lexington. Donors should bring their food to that location.

     Davidson County is one of 18 counties served by Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC, which, like WXII, is in Winston-Salem. In Davidson County, the food bank supplies food for 21 pantries and three soup kitchens.

     For more information, please contact Robin Bivens at 336-236-4218 or, or Bill Keesler at 336-249-8824, ext. 301, or


The Story of the Freezer

We recently received a wonderful donation in the form of a chest freezer from Russ and Kathy Johnson. The Johnson’s shared the “story” of their freezer with us and we’d like to share it with you!

“The year was 1987 and the young family of four had outgrown the small freezer compartment in their brown refrigerator-freezer. It was time to buy a real chest freezer to store leftovers, stock up on grocery bargains and tuck away emergency meals like chicken pot pies.

So off we went to the venerable Peters & Foster True Value Store on South Midland Avenue in Monroe, Georgia. The reason I know this is because I still have my trusty Peters & Foster fly swatter. There in the corner of the store was a big white Amana chest freezer at a fairly reasonable price. I am guessing they delivered it as all we had was a Ford Station wagon prone to runaway acceleration and Chevy Chevette with turn signals that had a mind of its own (sometimes right, sometimes left….no matter which you chose).

Anyway, into the garage the freezer went where it served us well for about three years before a job offer came from Duracell in Lexington, North Carolina. After the freezer came out of storage, the movers set it in the corner of a downstairs room where it resided for the next 24 years. It performed without complaint during the “filled to the top” Southern Food years. It was always there to serve as a tabletop to sort through tax stuff or to wrap Christmas presents on. It was a true workhorse. Not once in 27 years has it broken down or needed any kind of repair. In a world of unreliability – - it never let us down.

Well, times change. There are no longer four mouths to feed….the taxes are done by a CPA…and during the Great De-Cluttering of 2014, we decided it was time to find a new home for our Amana freezer. We are delighted that the Pastor’s Pantry had a need for it. May it serve you as well as it did us!

P.S. – Fly swatters are not included. I am keeping that!”

Russ and Kathy, thank you so much for this generous donation to Pastor’s Pantry and for sharing your story with us!

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