Areas of expertise: Carpenter, Fundraiser, Public Speaker, Volunteer.
Relief work began earlier, but the group was officially charted as a charitable organization by the State of South Carolina on May 5, 1997.
Originally it served a ten mile radius around Hemingway, but today serves all of Williamsburg and Georgetown Counties, as well as portions of Florence and Horry, as a faith-based mission and charitable organization is also recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3), which means contributions are tax deductible.
The group started a small food bank at the Harmon home in the county at the beginning, serving 13 families the first year. This grew and the group saw the need to be in larger quarters and a more central location in town, so donated land was obtained in Hemingway at 128 W. George Street, with a steel building in 2008 and the food bank moved there. After a year of operation, the building was expanded to double the original size. Then again in 2013 we were able to expand another 450 sq.ft. We have been increasing both in clients served ( up to 870 families per month) and in the size of the food package ( up 40% in the last six months). God has blessed us, the community has been supportive, to be able to do this. The bank is open each Tuesday from 8-12 and serves a continuous stream of elderly and disabled people with prepared boxes that try to offer nutritional resources. The food bank operates entirely with volunteer help and is the largest effort of the agency today, We are now serving over 2800 people andover 450,000 lbs of food each year.
About 34% of the residents in Williamsburg County fall below the poverty level. Williamsburg is the 2nd poorest county in the state of South Carolina.