SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Nearly 50 million Americans, including 16 million children, lack the means to get proper nutrition on a regular basis.
And in the summer months, especially when kids don’t get fed at school, it’s the local soup kitchens that pick up the need.
One local non-profit created a Children’s Empowerment program that is nourishing both mind and body.
The long line of grateful daily visitors to the Spartanburg soup kitchen get’s a little longer in the summer with some much shorter clientele.
For nearly half her life, Zaniyah Pitts has been coming to the soup kitchen’s summer Children’s Empowerment program.
It’s a time for kids to learn, laugh and just be kids.
“I never wanted to see children do without lack of food. This program is so important to me,we are clothing the children, we’re providing additional food for the children. We actually want to be good stuarts of the children that come in here,” Lou Sartor, the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen’s Executive Director said
The volunteers help make it happen.
“One of the things I tell our guys is, to whom much is given much is required,” Dorman High Coach Mark Dempsey, who was volunteering with his team, said.
The children’s program is only on Friday’s, but seven days a week volunteers bag groceries that families can take home.
The soup kitchen may have it’s own needs from costly repairs this week alone on the ice machine, HVAC system and the roof.
But as long as children like Zaniyah need the support and inspiration this is a place they can always come to for much more than a just a good meal.
“Some people out here, they don’t have food and you know money to get stuff for their kids to play with or eat, so you gotta be grateful what stuff you get,” she said.