Columbia County Cares is feeding the public to raise funds for hungry families.
The Columbia County-based food bank is holding a spaghetti supper Thursday at Marvin United Methodist Church from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the dinner will be used to purchase food for families in crisis, said the group's food pantry president David Titus.
"We need the funds to acquire those foods necessary for our Columbia County people in need," Titus said.
Food is bought from the Golden Harvest Food Bank at 16 cents per pound to cover administrative costs. Funds also will be used to buy necessary foods that Golden Harvest cannot store or does not have in stock.
Marvin Young, of Columbia County Cares, helps organize the food pantry that helped more than 300 families in the past year.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The bank provides a week's worth of food for families in temporary crisis, who mostly are referred by 27 county churches that support the pantry, Titus said. The food can be distributed to a family up to three times a month.
During the past year, the food pantry has served more than 300 families, Titus said.
"In Columbia County, probably 60 percent of people in the county are only a paycheck away from being in dire need," Titus said. "We're here to help people who have a family or crisis or employment crisis. We help people get back on their feet. This is not a continuing thing where we support them."
The $5 ticket to the fund-raising dinner provides a spaghetti dinner and drink. A dessert from the dessert table is available for a donation.
Tickets are available at the door and by calling the food bank office, on Columbia Road in front of Animal Care and Control.
For tickets or more information, call the office at 541-2834.
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