Meals being made available to those without electricity

  • Sunday, February 16, 2014

Beginning today a multi-agency effort will provide free meals to those still without electricity in their homes as a result of damage done to utility lines during Winter Storm Pax. The first meal will be served at noon today at Northeast Regional Recreation Center. Following that, dinner will be served tonight at three locations, and three meals per day will be served on subsequent days at three locations until electricity is restored to at least most parts of Georgetown County.

Locations where meals will be served include:

Ringle Heights Baptist Church, 78 Ruben Ave., Georgetown

Northeast Regional Recreation Center, 8189 Choppee Road, Georgetown

Sampit Park, 495 Powell Road, Georgetown.

Starting Monday, meals will be served daily at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. through a partnership between South Carolina Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. Volunteers expect toserve around 150 meals a day, which will be handed out until supplies are gone.

There are still more than 6,100 homes in Georgetown County without electricity and utility companies are unsure when remaining outages may be repaired. Over the last several days Georgetown County Emergency Management has received numerous calls from families requesting food and bottled water after food in their refrigerators spoiled. It became apparent that some sort of assistance needed to be offered, said Sam Hodge, Georgetown County's emergency manager. He and his team coordinated with relief agencies to make meals available in the hardest hit areas of the county.

Meals will be prepared at Ringle Heights by S.C. Baptist Disaster Relief and transported by the Red Cross and Salvation Army to the other serving locations. The Southeastern Baptist Association will also have mobile shower units available at Ringle Heights for use by anyone who wants a hot shower.Towels are provided, but people should bring their own toiletries.

The public's help is requested in helping get word of these meals to families without electricity who may not have access to news media. People are asked to share this information with their churches and other groups, and notify any individuals they are aware of who are in need of food due to widespread power outages.

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