In 1981 several members of the Summerville community decided that we could improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens by offering a meal program delivered each day. It’s been proven over and again that proper nutrition is essential to disease prevention and overall good health. The mission evolved to deliver home bound residents a hot, lunchtime meal Through the efforts of some dedicated community leaders, clergy and health professionals our first meals were delivered in June 1982. Over 30 years later we have grown to serve over 750 meals per week. We rely exclusively on the community for financial support. We accept no government funding and rely on the community to keep us funded. It takes about 200 volunteers each week to keep the wheels rolling. There are 17 routes with anywhere from 10-15 recipients on each route. Every day at 11:15am the food is available for pick-up and delivery. Teams of two volunteers each transport the hot lunches on their assigned routes.
Our food is prepared each day by the very talented Shauntae Snipes, our head cook. She consults with nutritionists to ensure the best dietary practices for our recipients. We need volunteers to package the food and prepare it for delivery.
Volunteers help us source the ingredients by picking up from the Low Country Food Bank, the Farmer’s Market and wholesale clubs. Volunteers are the very lifeblood of our organization. The operation is managed by an executive director, Betsy Luke and our volunteer coordinator, Leslie Iannace. Guidelines and support come from our fantastic board of directors, many of which are weekly volunteers as well
Our recipients are recommended by local health professionals, churches or concerned friends and neighbors. We visit with the potential “client” and make sure that we will be able to assist them. In most cases, these meals mean that people can remain in their homes and avoid the high cost of residential care centers. We don’t just bring a meal, we take a moment to make sure that they are secure in their living arrangement. If you know someone who may benefit from a daily hot meal, contact us at the office 843-873-8224.
We are located in Ambler Hall on the campus of St. Paul’s Church at 316 West Carolina Ave in the heart of Summerville, SC. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 2pm.
2015 Board Members
|Wayne Lodge – Chairperson
Barbara Missroon – Vice Chair
Marie Greene – Treasurer
Mary Ann Bridgeman – Asst Treasurer
Laurie Inabinet – Secretary
Annie Jane Langston (Emeritus)
|Rev. Dave Mills
Nancy Shows (Emeritus)
Betsy Luke, Executive Director
Leslie Iannace, Vol. Coordinator