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