Pantries work to fill need

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A Greenwood grandmother waited in line at a food pantry for the first time to get groceries for her family.

Tina Herwehe hasn’t been able to work since she injured her back and neck in a March car accident. And her husband’s warehouse job isn’t covering the rent and utility bills for their home, where they live with their 4-year-old granddaughter, she said.

Interchurch Food Pantry of Franklin gave Herwehe about $75 worth of groceries, which will free up money for other expenses, such as gas for her husband’s commute to work, she said.

Across the county, food pantries have seen a steady level of need for food each month. Interchurch Food Pantry, which gave food to more than 33,000 last year, has seen its numbers remain about the same. But other food pantries, including The Refuge and His Hand Extended in Greenwood, are set to significantly increase over the number of people served last year, according to pantry officials.

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