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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - You'll soon have a chance to help struggling families in our community find the food they need.

The sixth annual Food from the Heart drive will take place this Saturday, April 5th, at participating grocery stores in Richland and Lexington Counties.

The need is great: the Food Research and Action Center says South Carolina ranks 14th in the nation for families suffering food hardship, and is 8th in child poverty.

Volunteers from Shandon Baptist Church and Northside Baptist Church will be outside the grocery stores to offer shoppers a red "Food from the Heart" grocery bag. People can then go inside and buy products off a list of suggested items. The items will be collected and taken to Harvest Hope Food Bank, where they will be sorted and then given to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Last year, volunteers collected 115, 491 pounds of food, providing 150,000 meals for families in need. All goods collected go to benefit men, women, and children in the Midlands.

WLTX and WMHK Radio are sponsors of the event. Below are the list of participating stores.

Shandon Baptist List of Stores: (Richland County)

Walmart - 321 Killian Road

Sam's - 5426 Forest Drive

IGA - 135 Blythewood Road

Kroger - 10136 Two Notch Road

Kroger - 3403 Forest Drive

Piggly Wiggly - 4033 West Beltline Boulevard

Piggly Wiggly - 3818 Devine Street

Sav-A-Lot - 6658 Garners Ferry Road

Food Lion - 4760 Hardscrabble Road

Food Lion - 9810 Two Notch Road

Food Lion - 2900 Leesburg Road

Food Lion - 3912 Two Notch Road

Food Lion - 1001 Harden Street

Food Lion - 740 University Drive

Food Lion - 9013 Garners Ferry Road

Bi-Lo - 4711 Forest Drive

Northside Baptist Church Store List (Richland & Lexington Counties)

Food Lion - 2250 Sunset Boulevard - West Columbia

Food Lion - 3976 Platt Springs Road - West Columbia

Food Lion - 744B West Main Street - Lexington

Food Lion - 918 North Lake Drive - Lexington

Food Lion - 1856 South Lake Drive - Lexington

Food Lion - 675 Main Street - South Congaree

Food Lion - 7241 Broad River Road - Columbia

Food Lion - 1013 Broad River Road - Columbia

Food Lion - 1339 Dutch Fork Road - Ballentine

Kroger - 7467 St. Andrews Road - Irmo

Reid's - 2245 Charleston Highway - Cayce

Reid's - 217 West Columbia Avenue - Batesburg-Leesville

Piggly Wiggly - 1123 South Lake Drive - Lexington

Piggly Wiggly - 3040 Charleston Highway - West Columbia

Walmart - 5556 Sunset Boulevard - Lexington

Walmart - 2401 Augusta Road - West Columbia

Walmart - 1326 Bush River Road - Columbia

Walmart - 1780 South Lake Drive - Lexington

Walmart - 360 Harbison Boulevard - Columbia

Walmart - 1180 Dutch Fork Road - Irmo

Walmart - 115 E. Church Road - Batesburg-Leesville

Sam's - 350 Harbison Boulevard - Columbia

IGA-KJ's - 543 St. Andrews Road - Columbia

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