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Hungry No More expands its programs

Posted: October 2, 2013 - 10:57am
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Hungry No More Program Director Sharon Kelley takes food packages to a delivery van at Belvedere United Methodist Church on Saturday Sept. 21 2013. MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
Hungry No More Program Director Sharon Kelley takes food packages to a delivery van at Belvedere United Methodist Church on Saturday Sept. 21 2013. MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL

Since its founding in 2012, Hungry No More has tried to fulfill its mission of ending childhood and senior hunger in Aiken County and surrounding areas.

The food-box distribution program was the first service the nonprofit offered to the area and it continues to grow, reaching people in several areas of Aiken County as well as attracting those in the Augusta area.

“We’re really excited about it,” said Sharon Kelley, director of food programs. “It’s available to anyone who wants to save money on their food bill.”

Each month, the organization provides a new menu of discounted box offerings which contain a variety of items from meats to produce to snacks. Orders are usually distributed the third of the month.

There are currently four distribution sites in Aiken County, including Belvedere United Methodist Church.

This summer, the organization expanded its programs to include a summer and afterschool feeding program.

“A need was recognized,” said Kay Benitez, a board member for Hungry No More.

Hungry No More is an approved sponsor for afterschool feeding programs through South Carolina Department of Social Services.

The organization’s summer and afterschool feeding programs provide meals in several locations free of charge to the location and the children.

“We want to feed as many children as we can and help them get the nutrition that they need to do well,” said Kelley. “As adults, when we’re hungry, we feel badly. Now just imagine a child who’s hungry. Imagine how they feel. We want to help them focus better so they can do well in school.”

The organization is also looking forward to expanding even more. Other services and programs it hopes to offer in the future include a community garden and a greenhouse.

Visit www.hungry-no-more.org for menus, order and distribution dates for the food box program.

Volunteers and additional sites are needed for the food program. Those interested in getting involved cany contact Kelley at (803) 392-7043. Any area after-school programs interested in participating in the feeding program should also contact Kelley for more information.

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