It is billed as a rivalry between Greenwood County and the City of Greenwood. This year the rivalry turned the heat up a notch as the city sought to end a lengthy losing streak to the county in the annual City vs. County Food Drive and take home the coveted Can of Corn trophy. After nearly tripling last year’s total, however, this year’s winners are the Food Bank of Greenwood County, Greenwood Soup Kitchen and Greater Greenwood United Ministries.
The three organizations that help people in need will be splitting nearly eight tons of food. Last year the total weight of the food donated through the annual food drive was just over 6,000 pounds, or about three tons. This year, the total weight came in at 15,942 pounds. The city’s donation weighed in at 9,788 pounds, nearly a five-fold increase from last year. The county chipped in with 6,154 pounds.
Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams said he is happy to see the city end their losing streak, but he is even happier to see the amount of food going to people in need.
“That’s the real story,” Adams said of seeing eight tons of food donated to the three organizations. “I am very grateful to everyone who contributed both to the city and the county to help feed some people.”
Greenwood County Councilwoman Edith Childs, who organizes the annual event, said her goal was to keep the cupboards of the three organizations full through the spring. Childs said she could not be happier about this year’s food drive.
“This is awesome,” Childs said of watching city and county employees loading up truck after truck with food donations. “I know we can fill those cupboards at least through the spring and more people can be fed. I’m excited.”
Adams said he was also excited to see the abundance of food donated this year.
“This time of year, typically the cupboards at these three organizations start getting bare,” Adams said. “I think this will help them get through the spring and feed some more people. A lot of people using these three organizations are good, hard-working people, they’re just stuck in a bind. I’m pleased to see that we can help them.”