It is remarkable to think that Food for the Soul (FFTS) is in its 10th year of service. What started as a very small ministry with a big idea -- to serve the hungry and homeless of Kershaw County -- has become one of the steadiest, most successful charitable organizations in the community.
As recounted in today’s front page story, things got rolling back in 2008 when several people with that vision received a financial gift from two residents. They formed a volunteer board that began meeting the following year, and then partnered with Mt. Moriah Baptist Church by adding a day of service to that also very worthy effort.
A year after that, it moved into its own building and after yet another year, it opened its doors to its first overnight guests.
The statistics tell the tale, too: 30 breakfasts a day, 60 lunches a day, dozens who take advantage of its shelter -- open seven days a week -- and meals delivered to the North Central and Bethune areas.
The community should be grateful to former director Fred Ogburn and current FFTS Director Darlene Thomas, along with the current and past board of directors who have served with them.
And, of course, the dozens of volunteers who, during the last decade, have served all those meals and helped all those who came through FFTS’ doors. Without them, none of what happens there would be possible.
While we hope hunger and homelessness become a thing of the past someday, we are grateful for your service.