A local nonprofit organization is on a mission to end childhood and senior hunger in the community.
Hungry No More was created in March with a special focus on Aiken County and the surrounding areas, said board member Donna DeTroye.
“One of our goals is to work with people, to actually meet the people and get in at the ground level,” she said.
“We want to collaborate with everyone in the area to get this job done and we want to make sure that kids are getting fed and seniors don’t have to choose between medicine and food.”
One of the first ways the organization is helping the community is by offering discount food boxes in response to rising costs of food at grocery stores, said board member Kay Benitez, who is also coordinator of the Belvedere United Methodist Church distribution site.
They have partnered with Supreme Outreach to provide high-protein, quality food boxes “at a very affordable price,” she said.
“We know there are a lot of people who can afford to pay something for food, they just can’t afford to pay full price,” she said. “That’s the wonderful thing about the discount food. It gives them their meats for the month for $35.”
Hungry No More offers a variety of boxes, including the Abundant Life Family Box, which for July includes items such as chicken breast, hot dogs, ground turkey and beef, and bacon as well as vegetables such as cauliflower, mixed vegetables and green beans; and the Ultimate Life Family Box, which includes everything from the Abundant Life Family Box, plus other items such as mini pepperoni pizzas and pork roast.
Low-sodium meal boxes include 10 complete, frozen meals that are heat-and-serve ready and can be a great source of food for seniors, said Benitez.
“There are a lot of seniors who struggle with cooking. Either they don’t want to bother with cooking or they have trouble with things like opening cans,” she said.
“This will help because they can just heat the meals in the microwave and eat them. They’re very healthy. It’s also healthy for diabetics. Although it’s discount food, it’s high quality food.”
The box contents vary slightly from month to month, but information on the box items for the month can be found on the organization’s Web site.
The boxes can be purchased using a credit card, debit card or EBT. Orders are due by the second Thursday of the month and are distributed from Belvedere United Methodist nine days later.
Anyone can order the boxes, and many people order a box for their family and
another to donate to a family or senior in need, said Benitez.
“It’s a great way to reach those who need food and make sure they have food for the month,” she said.
The organization also hopes to supply food to other programs, such as those that offer afterschool and summer programs.
“We are excited about the future and doing our part to end hunger in the area,” said DeTroye. “We really want to make a difference and the food box distribution is step one.”
Anyone interested in placing an order can go online to www.hungry-no-more.org or contact Benitez at (803) 439-5823.
Those interested in volunteering with the organization or helping with distribution can fill out a volunteer form on the organization’s Web site or call Benitez.