Florence churches unite to help families in need

    Florence churches unite to help families in need (WPDE)

    About 10 churches across the City of Florence have united to make sure families in need have food.

    The churches have started a feeding program that's being housed at New Ebenezer Baptist Church's "Strive Hard Educational, Recreational and Enrichment Center" on Ravenel Street in Florence.

    "Believe me, people have to make choices when it comes to food. Their children they come off the bus and they're hungry," said Pastor Henry Badie.

    "It's a collective effort for us to participate. Laity and clergy. It's a win-win for everyone, but essentially the kingdom," said Rev. Dr. Anthony Hodge.

    The churches include, New Ebenezer Baptist, Mt. Zion AME, Pentecostal Temple, Trinity Baptist, Majority Baptist, Maxwell Baptist, First Presbyterian and New Grace Temple.

    The ministers said more churches are being added every day, and dinner is a big help.

    Rev. Norman Gamble said he came up with the idea to help families suffering during the shutdown. Gamble added when the shutdown was over, they still felt a need to help those in need.

    "It was essential for us to come up with a plan to provide food for those who are hungry. Children are in need. A lot of children only get a meal during school time. They don't get meals when they go home. Sometimes they don't get meals on the weekend. But again, those who are a part of the body of Christ, I contend we have a responsibility to do what the scriptures said for us to do. To feed us those who are hungry," said Gamble.

    "It's not about the glory, it's about getting fed. It's a collaborative effort. Ministry is not just a denominational thing or my church thing. It ought to be a community-wide thing. And here we are today gathered, making plans to move forward to serve our community," said Rev. Merritt Graves of Mt. Zion AME.

    The pastors are still trying to work out a schedule for the feedings, which will be added to this story when they are finalized.

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