The food pantry operated by Lexington Interfaith Community Services is hitting the road.
Delivery of produce and groceries to the needy – meat will be added later –starts Monday, with selected churches serving as drop-off sites.
It will come in a minivan that once carried daycare tots now converted into a small supermarket on wheels.
The mobile pantry is a longtime dream of the 37-year-old nonprofit organization’s leaders to improve help given struggling families who lack transportation to its headquarters in Lexington.
“This is a huge blessing,” executive director Robin Bowers said.
The vehicle will carry food monthly for 75 people per drop-off site, she said.
Overall, the pantry has fed nearly 4,300 persons this year scattered across the 758-square-mile county. Its focus is on assisting those who are disabled and elderly.
The mobile pantry was made possible by a $25,000 donation from a foundation associated with the House of Raeford, a poultry producer with operations in West Columbia and Batesburg-Leesville.
It’s the start of a partnership aimed at providing more protein and a greater variety of food to the needy, company spokesman Chuck Underhill said.
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On the road
The mobile food pantry operated by the Lexington Interfaith Community Services will be at these churches next week:
▪ 1-3 p.m. Monday at Holland Avenue Baptist, Cayce
▪ 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at Boiling Springs United Methodist, Red Bank
▪ 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Olive Branch Baptist Church, Batesburg-Leesville
▪ 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Faith Baptist, Swansea