Free meals for those without electricity in Georgetown County

Starting Sunday, a multi-agency effort will provide free meals to those still without electricity in their homes as a result of damage done to utility lines during the winter storm, according to Jackie Broach, spokesperson for Georgetown County.

The first meal will be available for pickup at noon Sunday at Northwest Regional Recreation Center.

Dinner will be available Sunday night at three locations,

and three meals per day will be available on subsequent days at three locations until electricity is restored to at least most parts of Georgetown County.

Locations where meals will be available include:

â?¢ Ringle Heights Baptist Church, 78 Ruben Ave., Georgetown

â?¢ Northwest Regional Recreation Center, 8189 Choppee Road, Georgetown

â?¢ Sampit Park, 495 Powell Road, Georgetown.

Starting Monday, meals will be available daily at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. through a partnership between South Carolina Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, the Salvation Army and Georgetown County Government.

Sam Hodge, manager of the Georgetown County's Emergency Center said after receiving several phone calls from people without power, "It became apparent

that some sort of assistance needed to be offered." Hodge and his team coordinated with relief agencies to make meals available in the hardest hit areas of the county.

Meals will be prepared at Ringle Heights by S.C. Baptist Disaster Relief and transported by Georgetown County Parks and Recreation, and the Salvation Army to the other serving locations.

The Southeastern Baptist Association will also have mobile shower units available at Ringle Heights for use by anyone who wants a hot shower.

Towels are provided, but people should bring their own toiletries.

Broach says volunteers expect to provide around 150 meals a day, which will be handed out until supplies are gone.

There are still more than 6,100 homes in Georgetown County without electricity and utility companies are unsure when remaining outages may be repaired, said Broach.