U.S. Department of Agriculture

Busch Gardens donates bounty to Grove

Busch Gardens donates bounty to Grove

JAMES CITY — Gene Spare, 75, worked hard to put food on the dinner table.

When he retired from BASF Corp. as a special projects manager of 32 years, he never pictured going back to work or depending on a local food pantry to feed his family.

Now the James City man supplements his pension with a part-time job stocking shelves at Walmart. He also visits Grove Christian Outreach Center on Bread & More Wednesdays to help feed himself and his wife.

The Christian center along Pocahontas Trail is a nonprofit organization served 552 of the 1,400 households in Grove last year, said Pat McCormick, executive director of the center.

Spare and other hungry families in...