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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- From finding a bag of pasta to a can of vegetables, fixing boxes of food for the hungry has gotten a lot easier at Fairgrove Family Resource Center in Thomasville.

The nonprofit whose food pantry serves about 1,000 people a month now has more space and order, thanks to about a dozen brand new shelves that the center got for free from an anonymous donor.

"We have no idea who did this," said Terri Fisher, executive director of Fairgrove Family Resource Center.

The center also got two new pallet jacks to help them lift food off trucks.

Half a dozen old refrigerators will be replaced by a new walk-in cooler and freezer -- equipment worth at least $15,000.

Fairgrove is one of 21 food pantries in Davidson County getting thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment all from the same anonymous source.

A gift agencies say is helping them get through a tough year.

The county has a 5.3 percent unemployment rate, slightly higher than the state's average of 5.2 percent.

Food pantries started seeing a major uptick last year after about 80 people were laid off from Thomasville Furniture Industries -- one of the county's biggest employers.

At Pastor's Pantry in Lexington which feeds seniors, executive director Kristin Briggs says the four coolers, weigh scale, and other equipment coming in will help them better serve the 1,000 people they help each month.

"It's just going to revolutionize the way that we're able to do things in the warehouse side of our business," she said.

The donation was made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina which then provided the donations to the 21 food pantries.