Award-winning chef presents $10K check to Foothills Family Resources

SLATER, S.C. — Café at Williams Hardware executive chef Christina Halstead, who recently won a $50K prize package in a nationwide recipe contest, on Thursday presented a $10k check to Foothills Family Resources.

Halstead was the grand prize winner in the 2nd annual Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest, and she shared her cash winnings at an open house celebration that place at the newly renovated offices of the Slater-based nonprofit.

The Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest from General Mills Foodservice celebrates independent family or “neighborhood” restaurants and the one-of-a-kind dishes that reflect their local flavor. Halstead’s recipe, a BLT on Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuit with Red Pepper Jelly, won her $40,000 cash plus $10,000 to give to a local charity of her choice.


“Independent restaurants mean so much to their local community, from the signature dishes they serve up each day to the strong connection they often have with local residents,” said Melody Chang, senior associate channel manager for General Mills Foodservice. “In celebration of Christina’s award-winning recipe, General Mills is proud to help her share the excitement and give back to her local community with a charitable donation to Foothills Family Resources.”

Located in Slater, Foothills Family Resources’ primary mission is to improve the quality of life of northern Greenville County. This occurs by meeting neighbors in their crisis via services such as the food pantry, rent/utility assistance, mental health counseling and SNAP preparation. After the crisis is under control, the Center for Working Families program works to move them to self-sufficiency by teaching professionalism, developing resumes, fostering interview skills, educating on finance, job training and, finally, placement.

“I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact that Foothills Family Resources makes in our community, helping people to get assistance with education, food and other services,” said Halstead. “I hope this donation will help them to continue to make a difference in the lives of those in need in our area.”

“We are not only excited for Christina, but incredibly proud of how she has represented this community,” said David Bolton, executive director of Foothills Family Resources. “Beyond that we are so grateful that she chose to support Foothills Family Resources and will use these resources to assist those most in need throughout northern Greenville County.

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