The Piedmont Emergency Relief Center is participating in the 2012 Annual Feinstein Foundation $1 million Giveaway to Fight Hunger during the months of March and April. Donations of money and food items will benefit the food pantry. Food items donated will be matched $1 per pound by the foundation. Monetary contributions to P.E.R.C. will be matched as well. Every dollar and pound counts.
“(The Feinstein Foundation) will match your poundage of food and give a percentage of money that people give to the food pantry,” said Relief Center Volunteer Rita Pritchard. “I do church outreach so we have been contacting business in piedmont, but powdersville is one of our main areas to reach out to.”
The event has certainly produced results in the past. According to Feinsteinfoundation.org, “In the past 12 consecutive years since Mr. Feinstein has offered it, over 3,000 participating agencies nationwide have used it to raise over One and a Quarter Billion Dollars. It has become the most successful ongoing campaign to fight hunger ever.”
Pritchard, who is trying to get everyone in the Piedmont area involved, says the need for food could not be greater.
“This is all about fighting hunger,” said Pritchard. “We have so many families that come to us that don’t have any funds to buy food and this is just helping the needy.”
The Piedmont Emergency Relief Center serves clients with food shortage needs in Piedmont, Williamston, Pelzer, Powdersville and a part of Greenville. The food pantry is located in the Piedmont Community Building in Piedmont.
All food items donated can be dropped off during our open hours, which are Monday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monetary donations should be mailed to P.E.R.C., P.O. Box 424, Piedmont, SC 29673. The contributions should be designated for the Feinstein Foundation $1 million Giveaway to Fight Hunger to receive credit.
With every pound of food being matched for this short amount of time, Pritchard says she is hoping to see a big response from the community.
“I think this would give people incentive to get involved,” said Pritchard. “It will cause more interest in helping the pantry with things such as volunteering. Our directors are very positive about this.”
“Please consider any contributions, food or money,” she continued. “P.E.R.C. continues to help more and more individuals and families with their food shortage needs.”
For additional information you may contact P.E.R.C. at 864-845-5535. You can learn more about this foundation at feinsteinfoundation.org.