By Marlisa Bannister for The Island Connection
The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) is excited and very thankful to four awesome, loyal, donors, who have generously offered to match our $75,000 Hunger Awareness Challenge! As we approach the season of giving, Thanksgiving, we hope you will join us in raising awareness, and much needed funds to support our programs and partners in their quest to provide food and clean water to our sea island neighbors, for the coming year. This is the foundation’s only fundraising event, and we need the entire community’s support.
Awareness is our “middle name” and we’d like to make you aware of some important facts: SIHAF now supports 15 local programs and organizations three Programs (Sea Islands Blessing Basket, Crock-Pot Cooking Classes, and Water Wellness Mission), and 12 Partners (Amor Healing Kitchen, Backpack Buddies of Seabrook Island, Fields to Families, Hebron Zion Emergency Food Pantry, Hebron Zion Senior Citizens Ministry, Meals on Mondays of the Rockville Presbyterian Church, Charleston Area Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels Program, New Webster Johns Island Parish Food Pantry, St. James Bethel Food Pantry, St. James Bethel AME Church Sunday Dinner Program, Sweetgrass Garden Co-op, Temple Take-Out Ministry of Wesley UMC). See attached brochure for more information. SIHAF Programs and Partners serve Only Johns and Wadmalaw Islands residents, providing consistent, satisfying, and nourishing food, and clean water. SIHAF Programs and Partners provide nutritious food to 4,000 sea island neighbors who deal with hunger every day, via meals, groceries, and special programs, over 20,000 pounds of fresh produce, and clean water to over 200 homes. SIHAF Programs and Partners must buy nearly all of the food they provide to our neighbors, and food prices are skyrocketing! SIHAF is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization and lifts up those in need. Over 100 Volunteers, including nine board members, give their time, talent, and treasure, to secure, sort, pack, and distribute food to our clients, as well as work on our outreach programs. All donations go toward fighting island hunger. Clients are encouraged to “give back” by volunteering, sharing their good fortune, and doing a good deed for others when they can, and many do. Please help us reach our goal of $150,000 so we can continue to provide our programs, support our partners, and provide food and clean water to our Sea Island neighbors in need in 2022. And share with your friends and neighbors. All donations are tax-deductible.
Checks can be mailed to SIHAF at PO Box 268 Johns Island, SC 29457- 0268. Via credit or debit card at fightislandhunger.org.