Christ Central New Ellenton’s (CCNE) pantry may not be new, but its dedication to ending hunger is certainly renewing hope and restoring faith across New Ellenton, S.C.
Four generations strong, the pantry’s directors Elijah and Cherie McDaniel have made it their family mission to feed their neighbors when they are unable to do it themselves.
The McDaniels work every day to “be there” for their community, but Food Lion wanted them to know there is someone here to support them too!
Golden Harvest Food Bank nominated CCNE for a Great Pantry Makeover, Food Lion Feeds month-long service project, as they serve nearly 500 people each month. The pantry was in need of many cosmetic upgrades and shelving materials to continue their mission.
To help them do this, Food Lion provided a grant to cover the renovations, volunteers to complete the project and more than 10,000 meals to pack bags for the pantry’s next distribution.
“The major thing for us is we have been able to purchase some new shelves,” said McDaniel. “We had been stacking stuff on crates, but now everything is going to look more organized and neater.”
In addition to shelving, the pantry was able to repair holes in the floor, add new flooring, install air conditioning and provide a more pleasant atmosphere for their clients.
“This is happening at an awesome time for us, McDaniel added. “Because we will be able to make it through the end of the month as far as food is concerned. We have two more food distribution days in September, and there will be 60 to 65 families at each of them.”
On average, the pantry serves nearly 6,000 individuals each year which is more than the total population of the town. This speaks volumes to the importance of the work of this local pantry. Without their support, many seniors, children and families would go hungry.
“Christ Central New Ellenton does great work, and they are a really good partner,” said Teri Lawhorn, an outreach coordinator for Golden Harvest. “We knew their service numbers had grown. We also knew that they wanted to expand and needed help with that.”
The Great Pantry Team is proud to help CCNE continue serving their clients and support their incredible work. To continue following The Great Pantry Makeover team or read more make-over stories, please visit http://newsroom.foodlion.com/lions-tale or connect with us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/foodlionnews.