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Food for the Soul golf tournament, Thursday

Posted: March 27, 2017 5:47 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Food for the Soul annual golf tournament will be held at Camden Country Club on March 30, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and a meal served after the tournament. Putting contests and closest to hole competition will be held and mulligans will be available. A silent auction will be held and it starts at 10 a.m.  Drawings for door prizes will be held after the meal. All proceeds benefit FFTS. For more information call Eddie Schoolfield at 432-8391.

Food for the Soul, which has operated for several years as a soup kitchen and food pantry for the less fortunate, expanded its operations in August 2016, operating as an emergency overnight shelter for the homeless as well. Originally open Monday through Thursday evenings, in October 2016 the organization opened its doors as a seven day a week shelter for Kershaw County residents who can stay overnight if they find themselves homeless due to domestic violence, fire, flood, eviction, or are chronically homeless.

Individuals or families who are in need of this service may come nightly at 7 p.m. when the doors open and they must get to the facility no later than 7:30 p.m. Overnight guests receive dinner, hygiene items to take a shower and clean pajamas to sleep in. While they are sleeping, their clothes are washed so that they have clean clothes when they awaken.

Since opening the overnight shelter in August 2016, FFTS has served more than 80 unduplicated individuals – that is, people who are counted once, whether they stay one night or multiple nights. This number includes 13 children.

“We have been very pleased and proud to provide this service to our community,” Executive Director Darlene Thomas said. “Although we did not receive any funding for opening additional nights, we knew it was the right thing to do and that God would find the means.”

FFTS still operates its day shelter services Tuesday through Friday. These services include free breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. and free lunch from noon until 1 p.m. FFTS also provides free shower and laundry services for those living with no electricity or no running water.

FFTS not only offers free hot meals but also makes free food and clothing available to those in need when there is an overabundance. Last year, the shelter gave out more than 6,000 pounds of free bread, canned goods, and dry goods and gave away thousands of clothing items.

The mission of FFTS is to serve the basic needs of the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County.  It is a partner agency with the United Way of Kershaw County and as such receives 14 percent of its income from that partnership.

“The emergency shelter receives $20,000 from a HUD grant and the rest comes from the generous people of Kershaw County, without whom we could not operate,” FFTS Chairman Benji Jackson said.

FFTS is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information contact Darlene Thomas at 432-4771 or visit online at www.foodforthesoulkc.org or on Facebook.


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