The spirit of giving is alive and well on Seabrook Island this holiday season! The response to SIPOA’S Holiday Canned Food Drive was overwhelming. Seabrookers donated 7,016 pounds of food to fight hunger on our local sea islands, the largest amount collected in the three years since this project began!
The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) is extremely grateful to everyone who brought canned goods and other staples to the Lake House over the course of the last several weeks. A special thank you to Nick Porter, Jamie Mixson and their staff for overseeing the donations and weighing every single item. Their enthusiastic support of this project helped assure its success. Thanks also to the SIHAF volunteers who assisted in sorting, packing and transporting the food.
Everyone’s contributions will make a huge difference for people in need. This food is being distributed by SIHAF volunteers to local non-profit groups whose mission is to help feed hungry individuals and families on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Many items have already helped provide nutritious and hearty meals to our neighbors and their loved ones during the holidays through the following programs:
- The Sea Islands Blessing Basket, which operates out of the former Head Start building adjacent to the Bethlehem Saint James United Methodist Church on Bohicket Road, and provides canned goods and other staples, as well as fresh produce, meat and bread, to more than 225 families each month.
- Meals on Monday, a program at Rockville Presbyterian Church that delivers a hot meal each week to our neighbors on Wadmalaw Island.
- The Saint James Bethel Food Pantry on Maybank Highway on Wadmalaw Island which provides food baskets twice a month to residents of Wadmalaw and Johns Islands.
The generosity of Seabrookers is deeply appreciated and will help feed many people in need for several months to come.
-Submitted by Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation