By Betsy Finklea
Hunger is a problem that many in our nation, state, and even in our county experience on a daily basis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded this problem for the many who are borderline and sometimes have to choose between food and medicine or other essentials.
“Some of our local veterans are among those who suffer from food insecurity,” said Johnnie Daniels, President of Help For Veterans, Inc. “It is our responsibility as citizens of a grateful nation and a grateful county to make sure that food insecurity in Dillon County is a thing of the past. Our veterans sacrificed a great deal for a freedom. We must do all we can to this debt to them. No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially those who have served our nation,” Daniels said.
Help For Veterans, Inc., a local veterans group, is working to help our less fortunate veterans with this problem. They are currently having a holiday food box distribution and regularly distribute food boxes to less fortunate veterans throughout the year.
This year, The Dillon Herald in cooperation with Palmetto Leadership Dillon County and the Dillon County United Way have been holding a food drive to aid Help For Veterans, Inc., in fighting this problem.
To reach as many veterans as possible, Help For Veterans has already begun distributing boxes of food for the holidays.
A packing event to get out the first boxes was held on Thursday. The Palmetto Leadership Dillon County class generously donated their time to get the boxes packed for this very important project. Several boxes were distributed on Saturday in a drive-thru with the assistance of Sheriff-Elect Douglas Pernell and a group of volunteers and Dillon County Councilman-Elect Jamal Campbell.
“I thank Palmetto Leadership Dillon County for their commitment to this project. It is no small task to pack the bags, and their help was invaluable,” said Daniels. “I also thank everyone who has donated to this project so far. The more food we have, the more veterans we can serve. I encourage anyone who would like to donate to a worthy cause this year to consider Help For Veterans. Monetary donations are tax deductible,” said Daniels.
By Betsy Finklea