Sharon Hendrix, director for the Lois G. McArn Food Ministry in Cheraw, said she was both surprised and disappointed to read in last week’s Chronicle that anyone had “walked away empty handed.”
“Nobody went away empty handed,” said Hendrix — not if they followed procedures. “We did not run out. We, about 10 volunteers and myself, stayed until nearly 9 p.m. that night handing out complete meals.”
Although many of the meals given to local residents through the McArn Ministry did come from Harvest Hope, “the McArn Ministry had to pay for them,” said Hendrix.
“We ordered 400 boxes from Harvest Hope for this year,” said Hendrix, who realized the group would need more than that. “We packed the last 100 boxes ourselves. Those boxes included canned ham, macaroni and cheese, stuffing mix, beans, corn, cranberry sauce and a bag of oranges.
Hendrix said not only does the McArn Ministry feed people during the holidays, but helps feed approximately 200 local families every month of the year.
“Donations from our community all year long enable us to buy the food from Harvest Hope and to stock our shelves,” she said. “I just wanted to clarify that Harvest Hope boxes don’t come free. We depend on our support from the community all year long and our volunteers.”
Although Hendrix said the ministry will not turn away those who are hungry, there are stipulations as to how often one can receive their help. Families are eligible for help “once every three months, unless there is an emergency,” said Hendrix.
The Lois G. McArn Food Ministry is located at 131 Second St. and is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday.
For more information, to volunteer, or to donate, call 843-537-0642.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.