By Jim Bannister for The Island Connection
Photos by Jada Phillips
On the heels of its very successful Gullah Celebration held recently at Freshfields Village, the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) held a gala celebration of its own by hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday evening, June 2 at Sweetgrass Gardens on Plow Ground Rd., Johns Island.
The threat of rain did not deter 85 enthusiastic volunteer workers and Foundation supporters from attending, and a large, sturdy, tent provided ample shelter where a delicious buffet dinner was served consisting of barbequed pulled pork, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and tomato pie provided by the Tomato Shed Café. Beverage and dessert stations featured a wide assortment of drinks and sweets. The evening event concluded with sunshine and a beautiful, inspirational, rainbow.
Party-goers included staff and volunteers from the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation and all its many outreach projects including the Water Wellness Mission, Sea Islands Blessing Basket, Crock-Pot Cooking Classes, and Sweetgrass Gardens Co-Op.
Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation Founder and President, Shirley Salvo, presented a plaque honoring Donna Mundy, an enthusiastic guiding force, avid supporter, and Board member who passed away in March of this year. Donna’s son, David Jeffcoat was present to accept the award on her behalf.
The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2015. It includes other non-profit organizations and volunteers from Johns, Kiawah, Seabrook, and Wadmalaw Islands working together to improve the lives of their neighbors who have difficulty providing the basics of everyday living – specifically healthy food and clean water.
“Studies show that 27% of Wadmalaw residents and 15% of Johns Island residents are living below the poverty level. This means that nearly 4,000 people here struggle with hunger”, reports SIHAF President, Shirley Salvo.
For more information about the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation or to make tax-deductible donations, visit the organization’s website at FightIslandHunger.org