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Local Man Stocks Second Harvest Shelves

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School is out for summer, and while many of us are thinking about a summer vacation, others in our area are thinking about where their next meal is coming from.

Summer is especially hard for families in need because the weekly school meals for kids are no longer available, that's where food banks are needed the most.

But who is there for the food banks when they need help?

We have been talking about how summer is a desperate time for Second Harvest food bank for months now.

But for one local man it hit home after seeing one of our reports. The shelves were bare and he called us to find out how to help.

Today we went shopping with him and he is making a big difference by filling the bellies of those in need in our community.

Grocery shopping can be a chore, but not for Dave Randolph.

"I do all the cooking at home; I come in here almost every day."

But this trip to Sam's Club is an extra treat. Instead of filling his pantry, he is stocking the shelves of Second Harvest. His shopping buddy for the day is none other than the food bank's executive director, Mary Jane Crouch.

"Protein is obviously the most expensive thing. We have beans here, we have chili and we have ‘meal in a can' which is what I call it. It incorporates vegetables, potatoes and meat."

"I've had it," says Randolph.

"It's good. Let's get it."

Randolph says he and his wife have always been givers, but his life took a turn last year. He suffered from a stroke and had to have nearly a half dozen cardiac procedures. Last month, after watching the news on WSAV, he found his calling.

"It was your story that started this whole thing in motion. I don't know. I was laying there looking at my life; asking how much have I taken and how much have I given. One of them was way out of balance."

And Crouch is happy to have the help. Second Harvest is only able to serve the community thanks to generous people like Randolph.

"Last year we provided 10.2 million pounds of food to the community and we did it with people just like you [Randolph] who help us. We appreciate the help so much it really is a big deal."

The two hug in the bean isle of Sam's.

Back at Second Harvest, the food is unloaded and he sees exactly where his donations are going.

Crouch says the opportunities to give are endless. Not everyone can afford to give like Randolph, but a small donation and a little kindness goes a long way.

"He saw it on your news, so we know the power of the community is there. He knows we need help in the summer and the fact that he wanted to help, that is really needed."

Randolph donated nearly three hundred pounds of food to Second Harvest. On Monday, the food bank starts their summer feeding program for children, and they are expecting to serve six thousand meals a day. Donations are always accepted.

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