Food for the Soul, the Camden-based ministry that provides meals to the hungry and homeless in the Kershaw County area, will formally dedicate its new facility which includes a soup kitchen and emergency shelter Tuesday.
Ceremonies for the Food for the Soul Center are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the site, which is located behind the United Way Center, 110A E. DeKalb St., Camden. It is part of a “one-stop-shop” for the area’s citizens that also includes the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, United Way, Christian Community Ministries, the Department of Social Services and other related organizations.
Food for the Soul officials said local leaders, donors and volunteers are invited to the dedication, and they urged the public to attend and join in the celebration.
“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 the Rev. Frank 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 Sept. 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.
To date in 2011, 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 St. 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 www.foodforthesoulkc.org or Facebook.