Food for the Soul, a Camden-based ministry that provides meals to the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County, will kick off its Pass the Plate! fundraising campaign on Sunday, when several area churches will collect special offerings to support the charitable organization. The campaign, which will conclude Sunday, August 14, will focus on “passing the plate” in local civic groups, community organizations, businesses and churches around the county.
Saturday, August 13, a special event will be held at the Food for the Soul Center, 110A East DeKalb Street in Camden (behind the United Way/Holsten Center building). The Center houses the ministry’s soup kitchen operation and will serve as a shelter for the homeless in extreme weather conditions. The event will celebrate the conclusion of the fundraising campaign.
Karen Eckford, vice-chair of Food for the Soul’s board of directors, is serving as campaign coordinator. She will be assisted by regional coordinators who will help recruit individuals and organizations willing to “pass the plate” for the hungry and homeless in their local areas. Individuals wanting to serve as a regional campaign coordinator, or anyone willing to “pass the plate” for Food for the Soul in their church, organization, club, workplace or neighborhood, should contact Eckford at 713-1106 for more information.
Eckford commented on the fundraising effort. “There are great needs in Kershaw County. What we are seeing at Food for the Soul is not just your chronically homeless person -- we are seeing families and individuals experiencing hardships who, perhaps for the first time, are struggling to meet their basic human needs.”
She added, “In 2011 alone we have served more than 3000 people from all across Kershaw County. We are able to serve our guests a fresh, healthy meal for less than $1.50 a plate. We encourage donations of any amount; even the loose change from someone’s pocket can make a difference!”
About Food for the Soul
Food for the Soul is a faith-based non-profit community organization that originated through the generosity of two Camden residents who left portions of their estates to help the county’s poor and needy. The organization’s mission is to serve as a Christ-like ministry to meet the basic needs of the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County. For further information or to volunteer or make a donation, visit the Food for the Soul Center, open 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, or contact facility director Fred Ogburn at 432-4771. Visit the organization online at www.foodforthesoulkc.org or on Facebook.