Potters Storehouse struggling to continue church food ministry
Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
JONESVILLE — The faith of those involved has kept a local food distribution program in operation for the past five years.
The distribution event to be held this Wednesday, Oct. 9, at The Potter’s Storehouse (TPS) in Jonesville will mark its fifth year of food distribution for those who are in need. Pastor Don Moore said his hope and prayer is that TPS will be able to continue to serve people in need in Union County.
As the number of people served by TPS increases, so does the cost for TPS. Moore said in Oct. 2012 that TPS was about $2,500 in the negative. Today, TPS is negative an excess of $7,000, and Moore said it continues to become more difficult to raise funds to continue.
“Things look gloomy, but I’m hoping and praying people of Union County will realize from the numbers that this need is not going away,” Moore said.
Moore said in the past year (Oct. 2012 to the present), TPS has served 20,615 households. That number breaks down into 23,926 individuals ages 19-64; 14,211 individuals ages 18 and under; and 8,562 individuals age 65 and up.
Moore said less than 30 percent of those who receive help from TPS have the possibility of getting a job. The rest are in situations that won’t soon change, including children and the elderly, disabled or retired.
“One segment of growth is the number of children we serve,” Moore said. “We were averaging around 800 a month, but in the past year, we’ve averaged about 1,100 children a month. We are reaching out to families with kids because if not for TPS, the only food some of these kids would get would be at school, basically. These children can’t help their situations.”
Moore said he continuously receives calls and new families are still signing up at every distribution event.
The monthly budget for The Potter’s Storehouse is $3,000. Although there are several churches who contribute on a monthly basis and several individuals who contribute regularly, TPS still needs contributions to stay afloat.
“We haven’t run out up to this point, and we trust we will be able to continue,” Moore said. “This need is not going to go away. If TPS wasn’t there, I just don’t know where these thousands of families would go to receive food.”
Those who are interested in contributing or volunteering may reach Pastor Don Moore by phone at (864) 680-3465.
“If you have any doubts at all about our program, come on distribution day and let me show you or your group around,” Moore added. “After you see the needs being met, talk to the people and hear their stories, you will desire to help us as well.”
The mailing address for The Potter’s Storehouse is P.O. Box 248, Jonesville, S.C., 29353.
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