Mount Pleasant, SC- On April 22, Humanities Foundation’s increasingly popular food pantry program reached a major milestone when the total amount of food delivered to residents since the program’s inception reached 100,000 pounds. “The food bank program has really taken off,” beamed Humanities Foundation President Tracy Doran. “We are so happy to be able to expand this program so rapidly to all of our Virginia residents.“
Previously available only to residents of Humanities Foundation properties in South Carolina, the food pantry program was recently expanded to serve properties in Virginia as well. Additionally, once Ashleigh Place, an 80 – unit development for seniors in Richmond Hill, GA is completed this summer, it will also have a food pantry. Every property in Virginia and South Carolina now has an on – site food pantry. The possibility of expanding the program to Louisiana is currently being explored.
During the early days of the program, most of the items delivered were non perishables. Today, the program provides a much larger percentage of fresh and frozen items that include frozen meat and poultry and fresh fruits and vegetables. “Having fresh items available helps us to enhance the everyday lives of our residents”, said, Lamar Mowatt, Resident Services coordinator. The South Carolina food pantry program is provided in partnership with Jehovah Tabernacle Church and St. Jude Farms. The Virginia program is provided in partnership with Crossroads Church and St. Jude Farms in the Petersburg area and The Connection (a group of seven churches) and St. Jude Farms in Augusta County.
Humanities foundation realizes the daily struggle faced by residents to make ends meet and is therefore committed to providing high- quality food to them free of charge as often as possible. In this regard, the food pantry program is able fulfill a social purpose and to increase resident retention as well. “Our food pantries make sense on both a humanitarian and a business level”, said Doran.