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Food for the Soul names director, plans to open doors in December

Posted: November 16, 2010 5:25 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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Fred Ogburn

Food for the Soul announced today that Fred Ogburn has been named Director of the Camden-based ministry that provides meals to the hungry and homeless.

Ogburn is a marketing and corporate communications specialist who most recently operated his own firm. Additionally, he has been actively involved with the United Way of Kershaw County for over 20 years, currently serving on the agency’s Hunger and Homelessness Community Care Council.

“Fred brings a truly diverse set of skills to this job,” said The Rev. Frank Griffith, chairman of the board of directors of Food for the Soul. “He is a wonderful communicator, which will help us better spread the word about who we are and what we do. But at the same time, he has the kind of relevant, hands-on experience in the non-profit sector that will enable us better serve those in need in Kershaw County.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Carolina has the country’s fifth-largest hunger population. Beyond that, South Carolina is one of 14 states where more than one in eight residents receive food stamps. Ogburn will oversee Food for the Soul from the organization’s new facility, which is scheduled to open in December. It is located on DeKalb Street in Camden, behind the United Way’s Holsten Center.

Before setting up his company in 2009, Ogburn served for 20 years as corporate communications manager for Cogsdill Tool Products in Camden. During that period, he spearheaded or oversaw a comprehensive range of activities, including publicity and marketing, video production, website development, internal communications, and media relations.

His community involvement is equally extensive. As a longtime volunteer for the United Way of Kershaw County, he managed corporate campaigns; served on the Board of Directors from 2000-2003; and assists the Publicity Committee. Additionally, he has worked on a number of boards, committees, task forces and projects throughout the county for a variety of charitable, civic, and church organizations.

In addition to announcing Ogburn as director, Food for the Soul also announced that Mable Brevard has joined the ministry as Food Service Manager. Brevard, who has more than 25 years in food service, has been helping Food for the Soul serve those in need for the past several months. Her experience includes working at Camden Middle School for more than 20 years, and serving at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church and the Kershaw County Detention Center. Brevard is currently employed at Piggly Wiggly in Camden.

Food for the Soul is a non-profit organization located in Camden, South Carolina, dedicated to helping feed the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County. Partnering with Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and the United Way of Kershaw County, it provides a helping hand -- and hope -- to those who need it most. For further information, please visit www.foodforthesoulkc.org or on Facebook at Food for the Soul of Kershaw County.

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