posted on July 24, 2014 12:26
The Bread of Life Food Pantry has been in operation for 20 years and, for the first time in those 20 years, is facing the possibility of closing their doors because the food supplies are almost gone.
This not for profit 501(c)3 charitable organization serves approximately 700 people each month. In 2013, they served over 7,400 people. 2014 numbers are already higher as unemployment benefits are expiring. Each family is provided what most would consider barely meager sustenance, but it is a life-saving gift for many recipients.
Each package distributed contains:
2 packages of rice and grits (if supplies allow, otherwise only one package of rice or grits)
2 packages of flour and cornmeal (if supplies allow, otherwise only one package of flour or cornmeal)
1 bag of dried beans
1 can of meat (either Spam, Treet, or tuna)
3 cans of vegetables – green beans, sweet peas, corn, pork and beans, etc.)
Harvest Hope Food Bank in Florence is occasionally able to provide the Pantry with bread, dairy products such as milk and cheese, and other items, as they are available. While they provide these items at a greatly reduced cost, they still need funds to purchase them.
Monthly expenses include a utility bill for their location on Liberty Street which holds a refrigerator, freezer and shelves for food supplies provided by the Rotary Club of Bennettsville.
Food donations are needed and welcomed. They can be dropped off at most local churches which support the Food Pantry by collecting donations from their members or call 843-479-6733 for pick up.
Tax deductible monetary donations van be made payable to: Bread of Life Food Pantry, P O Box 1482, Bennettsville, SC 29512.