The Western Carolina State Fair, with the help of fairgoers, provided 1,113 cans and food items for Christ Central Ministry’s food pantry on Oct. 25.


The items were collected as part of a fair promotion called We Care Wednesday. Fairgoers were encouraged to bring cans out to receive free fair admission.


Noah Zook of South Point Construction helped tow the food over to Christ Central in the company’s truck.


“We wanted to get the community involved, and ... we are able to help give back,” said Linda Lucas, marketing coordinator for the fair. “We were amazed by the number of people who brought more cans than they needed to for free fair entry.”


The nearly 30 members on the Western Carolina State Fair Foundation’s team meet year-round to organize the big event.


Money raised at the fair helps support various nonprofit organizations in the community, as well as maintain the fairgrounds.


The food collected at the fair will help stock the food pantry at Christ Central.


“We are so thankful for the donation,” said Judy Floyd, director of Christ Central in Aiken and Graniteville. “This morning, we nearly ran out of food. The timing was perfect.”


The nonprofit organization has seen an increase in the number of families utilizing its facility as the recession continues to affect the community.


The organization also reported an increase in middle class citizens utilizing its facilities due to layoffs.


For more information on Christ Central Ministries, visit www.christcentralaiken.com.