RANTIN: Lining up against hunger

brantin@ (803) 771-8306July 18, 2013 

Volunteers at Harvest Hope Food Bank were busy as Santa's elves as they gathered food for the line of people in need who came to get food for Christmas. Here, soldiers from the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Jackson delivered food contributions to Harvest Hope.


Spring Valley Baptist Church is seeking volunteers for this year’s Stop Hunger Now effort.

The church will team up with the Raleigh-based agency Aug. 24 to pack 50,000 meals to help relieve world hunger.

The church also is seeking donations to help offset the $12,500 needed to purchase the supplies to package and ship the meals, as well as the 25 cents cost per meal.

According to Stop Hunger, on any given day, 25,000 people throughout the world die from malnutrition. Since 2005, the agency has delivered more than 70 million meals to 76 countries worldwide.

This is the second year Spring Valley Baptist has taken part in the effort. Last year, the church packaged more than 45,000 meals designated for Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America.

There will be two shifts of volunteers beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 24. Childcare will be provided.

To volunteer or make a financial contribution, visit and click the “missions project” link on the left side of the page.

For sight and sound

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club recently donated 1,007 pairs of eyeglasses and 14 hearing aids to the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging.

The two groups collected new and used eyeglasses and hearing aids during the third annual Recycle for Sight and Sound effort June 17-July 1.

Three Fountains resident deputy Stacey Gadson, a member of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club, coordinated the department’s participation in the Recycle for Sight and Sound.

A tasty ride

The Club of Brothers collected $2,305 and 55 pounds of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank during the recent Ride to Rid Hunger.

The money and food raised by the locally based motorcycle club will provide more than 3,300 meals for families throughout the food bank’s service area.

School supplies needed

God Storehouse in Columbia is seeking school supplies in advance of the upcoming school year to assist area students.

The agency also is accepting computers, tablets and scientific calculators.

God’s Storehouse provides free food, clothing and household supplies to those in crisis.

Donations can be dropped off at 1731 Risley Road.

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