Total Ministries registering Spartanburg residents for mobile food pantry this week

Total Ministries Moble Food Pantry is back, and if you live in Spartanburg, pre-registration for the free program is already underway.
Total Ministries is registering Spartanburg residents until Thursday this week for the Mobile Food Pantry. Registration is from 8 a.m. until noon each day.   
For 70 year old Clarence Carson, Total Ministries Food Pantry serves as a life line when financies get tight.
Clarence says,  I needed my medicine,” Carson said. “It was a hundred and something dollars, and I didn’t have no food so I said the medicine is going to have to wait. So, I went and got me some food.”
The food pantry is a place with shelves filled with non-perishables to help give people their daily bread, when they’re having trouble making ends meet.
According to Traci Kennedy, nearly 37,000 people are food insecure in Spartanburg County alone.
“We don’t want anybody to be ashamed or embarrassed, that’s why we’re here and we treat everybody with respect,” Kennedy, the executive director of Total Ministry Food Pantry, said.
On this day Clarence and many others came to sign up to receive food on Saturday, March 16th through the mobile food pantry.
For Brian Carey, who helps coordinate food pick-up at Trinity United Methodist Church, sad this is his fifth year participating in the mobile food pantry event. 
Those who sign up this week to receive food will pick up their items at Trinity United Methodist Church.
While the group prepares to feed at least 200 families this week, hundreds have already received help over the years. 
“We have people just smiling, laughing and having a good time, and we have people in tears in appreciation for the food. So, it’s fantastic. Trinity’s been doing this for many years,” Carey said.

To sign up, a person needs proof that they live in Spartanburg, a photo I.D. and their social security card.
“This just provides a little less stress,” Kennedy said. “It gives them a bag of food and they don’t have to worry about it for a while.”  
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