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Hunger/Homelessness Awareness Week starts Sunday

Posted: November 8, 2018 5:24 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week starts Nov. 11.

Kershaw County Council and the county’s municipalities have already passed and presented proclamations recognizing the week -- and those who are involved in it.

That recognition is helpful and appreciated, United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) president Donny Supplee said.
“I think it is an important statement to make, that we as a community support the people in our community, regardless of circumstance,” Supplee said. “I think we as a community do that and I appreciate that the local governing bodies recognize and support that.”

As part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Kershaw County Housing Partnership will sponsor several events to commemorate those who work to alleviate these issues and to bring awareness to the plight of the people living in these situations. The events will start today and go through next Friday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to attend any and all of these events.

Events

Today and Saturday, Nov. 10 -- Food drive at local food stores from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Purchase some perishables to donate to local food pantries.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 -- Candlelight Vigil Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m. in Hampton Park, Camden.

Friday, Nov. 16 -- Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden. Sponsored by the First Church of the Nazarene and the Kershaw County Baptist Association.

Need help or want to help?

Hunger

The  Council on Aging has three congregate meal sites feeding 90 senior citizens and delivers meals to 228 seniors (Bruce Little at KCCOA 432-8173).

Mt. Moriah Soup Kitchen serves meals twice a week to 250 people, including homebound Jennie Mitchell-Greene, Mt. Moriah (803) 432-7676).

Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen serves meals four days each week (Darlene Thomas, FFS director, 432-4771).

Christian Community Ministries has provided non-perishable food to 58 households in October and refers these households to the United Way Mobile Nutrition Center Food Bank for additional food (Connie Sheorn, CCM director, 432-1431).
United Way Mobile Nutrition Center provides emergency food assistance and takes food to three  sites in outlying areas of the county once a month (Scott Crandall, UW 432-0951).

Complete list of food pantries/meals can be found at www.uwkc.net.

Homelessness

Food for the Soul operates an emergency shelter every night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. For more info call432-4771).
United Way of Kershaw County operates a transitional housing program for homeless families or single women with children on Mill Street and a men’s shelter on Hampton Street Currently New Day has six adults and six children and the men’s shelter has three men. Case management and goal setting are key components of this program (Donny Supplee and Nick Julian, UWKC, 432-0951).

Sistercare assists with emergency housing for domestic violence victims (Cynthia Bailey, 713-0010).

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