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Greer grocery donating for Hurricane Matthew needs

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The recently opened Lowes Foods grocery store in Greer has donated more than 42,000 pounds of food and water to an area food bank in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew.

The company said in a news release it delivered the donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank in Greenville on Thursday afternoon.

“We contacted Harvest Hope and discovered that the greatest anticipated needs, at least in the immediate future, are for large cans of food to serve groups in shelters and smaller pull-top cans to assist people in homes without electricity. Harvest Hope also anticipates a tremendous demand for bottled water,” said Tim Lowe, Lowes Foods president, in the release. “Our Lowes Foods Hosts and our partners at MDI worked very hard during the day on Wednesday to quickly prepare a large quantity of food and water for delivery to help the Greenville evacuation efforts.”

The items donated include cans of vegetables and ready-to-eat food, granola bars and bottle water, Lowe said.

“As a new neighbor, we want to do our part but know that this may be the first step in what may be a prolonged relief effort,” Lowe said.  “If the storm lives up to what forecasters think it may be, there will be a need for additional supplies of food and water.  We’re all going to need to work together to get the job done.”

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