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Food for the Soul announces new board members, service numbers

Posted: February 20, 2014 4:23 p.m.
Updated: February 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Food for the Soul soup kitchen and temporary shelter recently added five new Kershaw County residents to its board of directors. The organization also announced its food and shelter service numbers for 2013.

New board members include:

• James Davis, Jr. – Davis has served as a Kershaw County magistrate judge since May of 2013. Prior to his appointment Davis was the Kershaw County Recreation Center Director, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Kershaw County Detention Center.

• Robin McAlpine – McAlpine has served as a community volunteer for a number of local charitable organizations, including Christian Community Ministries. She is serving as secretary on the Executive Committee of the Soul Board of Directors.

• Tommy Morgan – Morgan is an attorney practicing with DuBose-Robinson, PC in Camden. His roots are in the greater Elgin area where his he and his family reside. They are active in their local church and he participates in fitness activities and competitions.

• Emily Skufca – Skufca is a community volunteer, and as the parent of public school students is actively involved in volunteering in local schools. She is also involved with children’s ministries at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.

• Joe Upchurch – Upchurch is a retired founding partner of Upchurch and Jowers Insurance Agency of Camden. He has long been active in civic and community life and is currently serving on the board of directors of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce.

The five new members join 15 current board members in directing the organization, which is now entering its fourth year of full operations. The composition of the board represents a variety of vocations and avocations, different geographic areas of the county, and various facets of community life reflecting the diversity of the county’s population, including pastors, business and professional people, educators, law enforcement and legal representatives, health and nutrition practitioners, and community volunteers.

"It has been a joy and a privilege to serve on the board of Food for the Soul. I am thankful for our new members, their commitment to serve and the talents and strengths they will bring to our mission," said Kim Gill, chairwoman of the Food for the Soul Board of Directors. "I am looking forward to this year as we join together to plan for our future. Our task is to continue what we are already doing very well and see how we can improve our efforts to better serve our community."

In 2013 Food for the Soul served a total of 13,737 meals to a daily average of 67 people. A nutritious and balanced meal is served from noon until 1pm Tuesdays-Fridays (local churches and church groups, including Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, The River, and God’s Hands Beyond the Walls ministry, cover other days of the week). 400 people were sheltered in 2013 in Winter Shelter and in crisis sheltering programs.

Food for the Soul’s Winter Shelter opens when the outside temperature is forecast at 36 degrees or below. The Winter Shelter and Warming Center was open 24 hours a day during the two recent extreme weather episodes in January and February. Temporary crisis sheltering is offered on a year-round basis to those who qualify for emergency assistance.

"We are a faith based ministry, answering the call to assist those who are in need," added Gill. "We invite people to join us as we help others by volunteering or making donations of meal items, supplies or monetary donations. I know they will find Food for the Soul is truly a place of blessing."

Food for the Soul is a United Way of Kershaw County partner. Phone Fred Ogburn at 432-4771 for more information on volunteering or making a donation. Visit Food for the Soul online at www.foodforthesoulkc.org or on Facebook and Twitter.

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