Greenwood Baptist Church opens food pantry after supermarket burns


In Jackson County, one community is without a fully functioning grocery store.

The only place available to purchase some basic food items is a Dollar General, with the next closest grocery store being at least fifteen miles away. 

In November, the Greenwood Supermarket went up in flames, causing the only grocery store in the community to close indefinitely.

Because of the lack of funding to rebuild the store, residents of Greenwood are left without a place to buy groceries.

“They have no place to go to get food,” said James Swafford, Greenwood Baptist Church pastror. “Most people can get in their cars and drive to the nearest town. These people don’t have cars, a lot of them.”

The town is made up of mostly elderly and low income residents.

The supermarket was located in the center of the town, making it easy for everyone to walk to buy groceries.

Now, the Greenwood Baptist Church has stepped up and opened a food pantry for the community.

“We’re doing what we can to get truck loads of food donated to us and give it out to the people here in greenwood,” Swafford said.

The church has been distributing food for close to a month.

Swafford said, some 450 families received food during two distributions, making it difficult to keep the pantry stocked.

“Our passion is helping our people and so we do whatever we can to get organizations to donate food so we can help feed these people,” said Swafford.

The church will hold another food distribution event Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from ten a.m. to noon.

Greenwood Baptist Church is located at 4516 Bryan Street.

To donate to the pantry, call Pastor Swafford at (850)643-7711.

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