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Food for the Soul expands board of directors

Posted: March 22, 2013 3:24 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Food for the Soul (FFS) soup kitchen and emergency shelter added five new Kershaw County residents to its board of directors and announced a record-setting year for meals served in 2012.

New board members include Jackie Amerson, Mary Kerfoot, Dan Lovett, Frances Perry and Connie Sheorn.

Amerson is a CPA and owner of SBS Inc., provider of small business services. Amerson has served as a volunteer for many charitable organizations including the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. Amerson is serving as treasurer of FFS.

Kerfoot is a business manager at Modern Turf, the Rembert-based sod farming operation she owns and operates with her husband, Hank. Modern Turf is the donor for the FFS sod sales at the Farmers’ Market in Camden in a spring through fall fundraising program.

Lovett, a retired engineer from the DuPont Corporation and a veteran volunteer in church and community projects is well known in Kershaw County for his work with Habitat for Humanity. Lovett will help lead FFS’s inaugural golf tournament in April.

Perry helps manage the soup kitchen at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Camden. FFS got its start by partnering with Mt. Moriah. Mt. Moriah serves meals on Mondays and Saturdays, and Food for the Soul serves on Tuesdays through Fridays.

Sheorn, the director of Christian Community Ministries (CCM), will serve on the board as an organizational liaison between the two ministries. CCM is located next door to FFS. Both charities are on the campus of the United Way of Kershaw County on DeKalb Street.

The five new members join 19 current board members in directing the organization, now entering its third year of full operations. The composition of the board is designed to reflect the county’s diverse population and includes pastors, educators, business people, professionals, law enforcement, and community service volunteers, representing all areas of the county.

"We are fortunate to have five compassionate, hard-working volunteers join our board," said William Cox, chairman of the Food for the Soul Board of Directors. "We need dedicated volunteers because the need for help in Kershaw County continues to grow."

In 2012 Food for the Soul served a record-setting number of meals: 17,109 meals were served which is an increase of nearly 36 percent over 2011. There were also 258 overnight stays through the Winter Shelter program in which the shelter opens when the temperature is forecasted at 36 degrees or below. In 2012 the shelter was open 60 nights and 89 people were sheltered due to crisis for a total of 96 nights.

"We are a faith-based ministry," said Kim Gill, vice chair of FFS. "And God certainly calls us to help those in need. If people don’t volunteer, I hope they will consider making a donation of money or needed food/meal items to help us."

FFS is a United Way of Kershaw County partner agency.

The vision for Food for the Soul is to end hunger and homelessness in Kershaw County. The FFS Center is open to the public 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Visit the center or contact facility director Fred Ogburn at 432-4771 to make a donation or to volunteer. Visit online at www.foodforthesoulkc.org or on Facebook and Twitter.

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