Nonprofits, church partner to feed Union County residents

Nonprofits, church partner to feed Union County residents

Common Heart, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Friendship Baptist Church are partnering to make sure Union County residents do not go hungry.

Residents in need of food will be able to receive free groceries on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot across from the Bazemore Center at 1101 Winchester Avenue.

To abide by the social distancing guidelines, residents will be instructed to remain in their cars while volunteers load their vehicles.

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The organizations are expecting to provide groceries to feed over 350 families.

Common Heart has seen a 20% increase in the number of families who've visited its pantry since last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In May, the organization provided groceries to over 2,100 families, which is three times the number of families it would serve in a month prior to the pandemic.

If you are a Union County resident needing food assistance, click here.

Residents in surrounding counties who need food assistance, click here.

Over the next month, Crisis Assistance Ministry expects an unprecedented emergency for our neighbors who have lost their jobs or had their work hours cut amid the crunching economic downturn, and due to the financial repercussions and disasters the virus has caused for people.

Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.

The combination of difficulties people have paying rent, mortgages, utility payments, spikes in foreclosures and evictions, asserting tenant's rights, homelessness, and a second wave of the coronavirus this winter will be a heavy weight on tens of thousands of families.

WSOC-TV has launched 9 Crisis Help. The funds collected will go directly to Crisis Assistance Ministry to help people pay essential bills.

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Sinead Taylor, WSOC-TV community affairs specialist, at Sinead.Taylor@wsoc-tv.com.