COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Share at the Fair takes aim at hunger

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306August 18, 2013 

Colonial Life workers Dustin Rogers, Brad Burkett and Edward Dannelly fill bags of rice for clients at Harvest Hope Bank during one of the company's regular volunteer visits.

BERTRAM RANTIN — brantin@thestate.com

Area residents can help put the squeeze on hunger and earn free admission to this year’s South Carolina State Fair during a food drive planned for this weekend.

The State Fair on Saturday will join Harvest Hope Food Bank for Share at the Fair to help feed struggling families in the food bank’s 20-county service area.

From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, residents are encouraged to drop off canned goods at the fair. In exchange, The State Fair will offer one free admission ticket to the fair per car for those who donate five or more cans or make a financial donation of $5 or more. The fair also will match the day’s donations up to $25,000.

“The reason the fair wanted to partner with Harvest Hope Food Bank for Share at the Fair is because of the great service the food bank provides for our community,” said fair manager Gary Goodman. “The State Fair has been blessed with tremendous community support and this is a way for us to give back.”

The food bank experiences some of its greatest requests for food from September through December, and Goodman said the fair hopes to help ease the burden during that time.

Donors should enter at Gate 6 along George Rogers Boulevard Saturday.

Service makes for a good read

The Kershaw County Library also is offering patrons an extra incentive to help curb hunger.

Through Sept. 19, the library is hosting its Food for Fines event. Between now and then, patrons can have $1 forgiven in library fines for every nonperishable food item brought in to any library branch to be donated to a local food bank. Fees for lost or damaged items cannot be waived.

Any nonperishable items – including canned meats, vegetables, peanut butter, cereals and beans – will be accepted for donation.

Pancake breakfast to benefit seniors

The Spring Valley Rotary Club will hold an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast Saturday at the Two Notch Road Applebee’s to benefit the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Project HOPE.

From 8-10 a.m., club members will serve breakfast at the Applebee’s, 10102 Two Notch Road in front of Lowe’s. Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased from any Spring Valley Rotary member or at the door. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee or sweet tea.

Project HOPE provides assistance to seniors who may not have family members to support them. Through the program, workers call and visit senior citizens and disabled citizens each month and perform such tasks as installing smoke detectors or conducting safety checks.

To volunteer, call Bill Brown at (803) 576-3183.

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