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Food for the Soul receives generous community support

Posted: August 30, 2011 11:24 a.m.
Updated: August 31, 2011 5:00 a.m.

On behalf of Food for the Soul, its executive committee and board of directors, thanks to all who participated in our “Pass the Plate” summer fundraising campaign. Churches, civic clubs, community organizations and businesses throughout Kershaw County “passed the plate” to support our soup kitchen ministry and emergency shelter for the homeless. The financial support and volunteer efforts of the people of Camden and Kershaw County have enabled us to meet growing needs as the poor economy and related joblessness continues unabated, and as we seek to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Kershaw County.

We would like to offer special thanks to Hank Kerfoot of Modern Turf Inc. of Rembert for donating sod for fundraising sales, and to the Kershaw County Farmers Market for providing us with space to sell the sod, collect donations and disseminate information about our ministry each Saturday during the campaign. We also thank the vendors at the farmers market for their generous donations of produce for our soup kitchen and that of our good friends and partners, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Camden.

We appreciate all who attended our celebration dinner at the conclusion of the campaign and the volunteers and donors who helped with preparations or contributed to that event. Special thanks are also in order for artist Claude Buckley, who donated a specially designed and crafted plate for our silent auction, and to the local children who helped decorate other plates for the auction.

We are grateful for the energy, enthusiasm and passion for our cause shown by our board vice chair Karen Eckford, who served as campaign coordinator. Thank you, Karen, and thanks to those who served as her regional coordinators, including Rev. Marion Bennett and Mitzi Dorton for Lugoff, Bill Tafel for Elgin, Heather Hoopes Matthews for the Charlotte Thompson/Boykin area, Lynn Wright for Doby’s Mill,  and Kim Gill and Tina Lockhart for Camden.

It is gratifying to know that so many of our fellow citizens share our dream. We look forward to your continued participation and support. Contact me at 432-4771, visit our center at 110A E. DeKalb St. in Camden (behind the United Way/Holsten Center building), or visit us online at or on Facebook. Let’s continue to work together to end hunger and homelessness in Kershaw County!


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