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Food bank helps hundreds each month

A Smoak’s church is feeding hundreds of members of the Colleton community each month, and the group is now taking their food distribution efforts even further by offering fresh vegetables.
Springtown United Methodist Church sponsors a monthly food bank. The food bank started in 2010 and is free to anyone who needs it. It is also open to the general community.
Twice each month, the food bank opens its doors to those in need, on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 3-5 p.m.
The church funds the food bank as a mission outreach, and they also partner with a Charleston-area food bank to collect the food. Each month, between 600 and 700 Colleton County residents are fed from this one food bank.
“We see it as a part of what we should be doing for our community,” said Lucille Simmons, director of the food bank at Springtown United Methodist Church.
Now, the church is also offering a special Fresh XPRESS Produce Distribution. This is happening on Saturday, March 7th, from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s a Bring Your Own Bag concept, where people can receive fresh vegetables. The vegetables will be delivered in pallets to the church from their food bank partner in Charleston, said Simmons.
According to Leroy Salley, a volunteer with the church’s food bank program, the food bank is a way that the church members are helping their neighbors each month. “We give out good food. We give out hope and some love,” he said. More than 100 “clients” are documented as receiving the food. Based on the number of people that each “client” has in their home, the food bank can estimate that 600-700 people are fed each month through the food bank, said Simmons.
“We certainly see it like a mission,” she said.
The church is located at 8807 Augusta Highway in Smoaks. Anyone with questions about should contact Leroy Salley at 917-945-3711.

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