September is Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks unite to urge individuals to take action in their communities.
Locally, The Manna House Soup Kitchen is conducting its annual fund raising effort.
The Manna House is a non-profit organization and is supported by financial donations, as well as food donations collected from food drives.
“Last year, the Manna House served 65,871 hot meals and its food pantry assisted 2,192 families,” said Missy Worthington, vice president of the Manna House Board of Directors.
“This annual drive is a critical part of our mission to serve nutritious food to those who need it –the homeless, unemployed, working poor, senior citizens and most importantly, the children,” Worthington stated. “Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a meal.”
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a. m. and lunch form 11 a. m. until noon, Monday thru Friday. The food pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 to 11 a. m.
Financial donations help with operating expenses, such as electricity and equipment. Contributions may be mailed to: The Manna House, P. O. Box 13541, Florence, S. C. 29504.
Donations of canned goods and paper products are gladly accepted Monday thru Friday, 9 a. m until noon. The Manna House may be contacted at 667-6077 for a donation pick up.
“As people plan their holiday giving, the board of directors of the Manna House asks them to consider this important program,” Worthington said. “We have so much to share with those less fortunate in a very tangible way by helping us continue to provide hot meals on a daily basis.”
Hunger Action Day, Sept. 5, kicks off a month-long effort in support of hunger-relief. Individuals are asked to take the SNAP Challenge and live on just $4.50 a day. Get a sense of what life is like for those struggling to put food on the table by shopping for your meals with the daily average per person benefit provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps).
The Manna House is located at 450 Jarrott Street.