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Food for the Soul dedication beats the heat

Posted: April 23, 2011 4:28 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Fred Ogburn, Food for the Soul director, offers a blessing for the meal

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The heat wave that hit Camden last Tuesday morning didn’t stop many community members from coming out to support Food for the Soul during its dedication ceremony.

 “We are blessed,” Carl Robinson, chair of the Food for the Soul board of directors said in welcoming the crowd. “We want to celebrate two main things here today: God’s work and a gentleman who had a vision and then had the passion and dedication to see that vision through to reality. Businesses, churches, organizations, city and county officials – many people gave their time, their knowledge, efforts, skills and finances – to make this vision the reality that it is today.”

Robinson emphasized that while Tuesday marked the dedication of the building, it is just the beginning for the ministry in progress.

The gentleman with a vision, Rev. Frank Griffith, was presented with a rendering of the Food for the Soul building painted by Keith Tolen as well as some gardening tools by Karen Eckford, vice-chair of the Food for the Soul board of directors.

 “Every ship has to have a caption. Every army has to have a commander, and every good board needs a committed leader -- which we had in our chairperson, Frank Griffith,” Eckford said.

The garden tools presented to Griffith will soon be used in the Food for the Soul Bountiful Blessing Gardens, which will be planted onsite to produce vegetables to feed those in need.

“This is not just a United Way dream, but a community dream,” Kershaw County United Way Director Donny Supplee said. “Right now we’re taking a moment to look back, look forward and then look at today… Our community gives when they see a need. Food for the Soul is an example of that.”

Supplee said he was proud that Kershaw County can now serve the hungry without having to direct them to Columbia.

After the ceremony, those attending were invited inside the building for refreshments.

“This is very much a community facility, made possible by members of this community who were willing to pursue their passion, love, and commitment on behalf of those who need it most,” said Griffith, who helped found Food for the Soul and is a current board of directors member. “We are blessed to have this kind of support, and we want to share that blessing with everyone in the county.”

Food for the Soul first started serving meals on September 9, 2009 when volunteers partnered with Mt. Moriah Baptist on Broad Street in Camden and the United Way of Kershaw County. 

In December of 2010 Food for the Soul completed construction on a new facility on the United Way Campus at 110 East DeKalb Street in Camden. 

In 2011 alone, Food for the Soul has served lunch to more than 2,000 people with an average daily rate of 44 people. Food for the Soul serves a hot, home-cooked meal on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week. Mt. Moriah Baptist church at 801 Broad Street serves a hot meal to those in need on Monday and Saturday of each week.

 About Food For The Soul

Food for the Soul is a non-profit organization which was originally created through the generosity of two former Camden residents whose wills stated that money from their estates would go to help the county’s poor and needy. Food for the Soul’s mission is to “end hunger and homelessness in Kershaw County by building and supporting a collaborative network of services and ministries that address these needs in an effective, efficient, and Christ-like manner.” For further information, visit or find it on Facebook.


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