Helping hands

Photo Left to Right: Bill Gaskins, Helping Hands staff member; John Bush, Executive Director for Helping Hands; and Mindy Taylor, District Manager for Duke Energy.

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Helping Hands of Georgetown County to purchase food to stock their pantry in Andrews.

John Bush, the executive director, said, “Our mission is to reach out a hand to those struggling with poverty or crisis. There is nothing more essential than food and for 30 years through the heartfelt support of our friends, churches and partners like Duke Energy, Helping Hands has been there to care for our neighbors in need.”

29% of the residents of Andrews live in poverty. In response, on an annual basis the Helping Hands Food Pantry serves approximately 450 households experiencing crisis or poverty that included 930 children and adults (based on 2018 data). Each time clients are served by our Food Pantry, they are provided the equivalent of three days worth of food that includes milk, eggs and protein (meat) along with non-perishable food items.

Duke Energy is the electrical service provider for the Town of Andrews.

“We are proud of our partnership with Duke Energy in our shared commitment to provide basic services to those in the Andrews community,” states John Bush.

About Helping Hands of Georgetown, Inc.

Helping Hands of Georgetown, Inc. was established in 1989 through the extraordinary vision of founding board members representing 40 Covenant Churches in Georgetown County, South Carolina, who felt they could better help residents by supporting one organization that would exist to assess and determine an adequate response to the many needs that arise in this primarily rural and poverty ridden area of South Carolina. In a spiritually rich environment of compassionate caring, Helping Hands of Georgetown offers HOPE, HELP and CHANGE.

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