Pam Schehl/News On Wednesday, the Bread Man, Arthur Willhite, front, and his helper Mel Disbennet, on truck, delivered 400 racks of bread and other baked goods for distribution Saturday at JCAuto, 6 Columbus Road. Buy Now
MOUNT VERNON — For more than 20 years, Arthur Willhite has been obtaining and distributing surplus bread products to those in need, and just delivered $30,000 worth of goods to be given away Saturday to anyone in need in Knox County.
Although the 74-year-old Bread Man started out rescuing day-old bread from grocery store dumpsters, he now has contacts with grocery chains and gets the baked goods directly from the warehouses so the expiration dates have not yet been reached. Wednesday’s load came from the Kroger Warehouse and had enough bread to stretch over one mile if laid end to end, Willhite said.
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