The Pageland, S.C., Church’s Community Service Department has been feeding families in Pageland since 2008 through the Door of Hope Food Pantry. To assist in this enormous task, there are about 14 regular volunteers who bag food, cleaning supplies, and other household products for distribution every Wednesday and Friday. The Harvest Hope Food Bank, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Walmart Distribution Center, Food Lion, and Bi Lo food stores provide nearly 40,000 pounds of food and other products each month at no cost. This allows the Door of Hope to feed from 1,100 to 1,300 families per month.
In addition to food and household products distribution, the Door of Hope Food Pantry provides health screenings, clothes distribution, recipes, and cooking tips, as well as AIDS testing every other month.
In the fall of 2016, the Door of Hope Pantry was awarded a Food Lion grant which allowed the members, with the help of about 15 Food Lion employees, to paint the entire inside of the building; replace the flooring; purchase new shelving units, three new freezers, and a new computer; and help deliver a truck load of food.
The members have been blessed to be able to provide for many in the community, and it is their prayer that this will help lead some families to Jesus. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me,” Matthew 25:35, 36.
The Door of Hope Pantry doesn’t just provide food, it provides hope.
South Atlantic | May 2017