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Food for the Soul receives grant

Posted: July 5, 2018 4:31 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Food for the Soul recently received a grant from Tower Services Inc. and Westfield Insurance Foundation as part of the Westfield Legacy of Caring program.

Each year, Westfield Independent insurance agents are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program. The program invests in communities and helps impact disaster recovery, family stability or safety and programs that invest in attracting and developing talent to insurance as a career.

“At Tower Services Inc. we are happy to do our part to help strengthen the community we call home,” Mac Anderson, president, said. “We are pleased to collaborate with Westfield and happy that Food for the Soul will receive these much-needed funds enabling the organization to better serve the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County.”

Food for the Soul Kershaw County was established in 2009 when two benevolent women bequeathed funds to “feed the hungry with no questions asked.” Since that time, the agency has grown from a soup kitchen to the emergency homeless shelter/soup kitchen/food outreach/laundry/shower facility that it is today. In addition, residents are encouraged to use their skills around the facility, to continue their education and to seek employment. Outreach includes lunches, free clothing, canned goods and pre-packed foods to areas lacking access and transportation to grocery stores.

“The mission of FFTS is to serve as a “Christ-like” ministry to the hungry and homeless of Kershaw County,” Executive Director Darlene Thomas said. “While the food kitchen is closed on Monday, we are busy cooking and preparing meals which we transport to Bethune and Cassatt, feeding 100 people offsite each week. And we are now designated as Kershaw County’s Special Needs Shelter during natural or man-made disasters. With the help of this grant, we will expand our services to case management and provide internet services to our clients.”

A collaborative garden will provide fresh vegetables for meals prepared by the kitchen. New computers will allow residents to finish GEDs, take college courses and look for employment. In the last two years, FFTS has served 47,901 meals and housed 249 men, women and children for 8,738 days.


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