FORT MILL — Hundreds of people showed up to received free groceries at Steele Street Park last week.
The free food was provided by the Springs Close Foundation in a collaborative effort with Second Harvest, the Fort Mill Care Center, Fort Mill Parks and Recreation, the Fort Mill Fire Department. Volunteers distributed bags containing chicken, fresh vegetables, grapefruits, canned goods, rice, macaroni and cheese, diapers and paper products to more than 250 families Friday. The distribution was from the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry.
The distribution had been rescheduled from Feb. 14 due to a winter storm. A heavy rain early Friday morning was a concern, but by the 1 p.m. start time, the weather had cleared. Within two hours, all available supplies had been distributed.
The Springs Close Foundation allocated $15,000 this year to serve the community through projects recommended by its Fort Mill Advisory Committee. Two additional Mobile Food Pantry events are scheduled for March 26 at the Anne Springs Close Greenway and April 11 at St. Philip Neri Church. Funds remaining after the three Mobile Food Pantry events will be used for the Lunch and Learn program that provides meals during the summer for students who are served by the free and reduced lunch program during the school year.
“This is open to anybody. Everybody’s hurting,” said Angie McCrae, president of The Springs Close Foundation, of the Mobile Food Pantry. She adds that lack of transportation is typically an issue for those served by the program.
“It was very fulfilling to give back to the people here,” said Kevin Patton of the Springs Close Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee. “We’ll switch locations to try to serve a broader area and reach everybody we can.”