There is a saying: “Promise a lot and deliver even more!” and Seabrookers did just that! The response to the Holiday Canned Food Drive was overwhelming. In the end, Seabrookers donated close to 6,000 pounds of canned food, which is now in the process of being distributed by the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) to local non-profit groups whose mission is to feed hungry families on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.
Meals on Monday, a program that delivers a hot meal each week to people on Wadmalaw, will utilize all of the larger cans and several other items like soup and canned pasta. Hispanic Outreach received a variety of foods that will feed many local needy children and adults. A large carload of goods was delivered to the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church on Bohicket Road for clients of their Emergency Food Pantry. And the Blessing Basket, which operates out of a United Methodist Church building also on Bohicket Road and provides bags of canned and other foods to approximately 200 families each month, received enough items to help fill its “baskets” for a few months to come.
We are so grateful for the generosity of all the Seabrookers who donated food to this project. A special thank you to Bruce Kleinman for overseeing the collection and weighing of the canned goods at the Lake House, and to the Lake House staff for their help and support. Thanks also to the many volunteers who assisted in sorting, packing and transporting everything to the various locations.
Please know that your contributions are deeply appreciated and will make a huge difference for many hungry people.
-Submitted by Shirley Salvo, on behalf of the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation