The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded a $5,000 grant to Harvest Hope Food Bank to fund the Backpack children’s feeding programs for the coming school year.
Harvest Hope uses 34 Backpack sites to provide easy-to-prepare, child-friendly meals students can take home on Fridays to supplement nutritional needs through the weekend. Backpacks are filled with nutritious foods either at the schools or at Richland and Lexington County churches where members deliver the backpacks to elementary schools that have a high percentage of children on free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs.
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The Backpack program filled 10,914 backpacks in 2010, feeding 1,665 children.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation is committed to addressing the causes and effects of poverty in South Carolina.
Heroes Vest Fund Inc. recently presented a fourth body armor vest to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, bringing its local contribution levels to $10,500.
For more than a year, the organization has supplied the armor vests to law enforcement departments across the state, where such equipment often is considered optional. The group hopes eventually to raise enough funds to equip all K-9 units statewide.
The vests are specially made to fit the body shape of K-9 police dogs that are paired with handlers.
Heroes Vest Fund has purchased five vests for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and hopes to buy a sixth soon. Each vest costs about $2,100.
“This specialized equipment, which is difficult to buy through the normal governmental budget process, protects the K-9 police dogs that help fulfill our agency’s mission,” Sheriff James R. Metts said. Each Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 dog is assigned to a handler and lives at that handler’s home. The dogs are usually in service about 10 years.
Members of the Northeast Columbia Women’s Club recently started a rolling library at the Dorn VA Medical Center.
Club members supplied a book cart filled with reading books, puzzle books and magazines for patients and their visitors to use while at the hospital.
This is the second rolling library the club has set up locally. The club operates another rolling library at Palmetto Health Richland.
To donate new or gently used reading books or new puzzle books, or for more information about the club, call Diana Arvay at (803) 446-8605.
Harvest Hope Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help with several service events in coming weeks.
Volunteers are needed for service projects this Thursday and Saturday and again July 21.
Churches, community clubs, fraternities and sororities or businesses that can provide volunteer groups are specifically urged to contact the food bank.
Harvest Hope will provide all training. Children between ages 10-15 are welcome to volunteer as long as there is adult supervision.
Interested groups or individuals should call (803) 254-4432 ext. 1115.