Like most great ideas, a food distribution bank that helps feed so many hungry in Rock Hill each day of each week - and has for more than a year - started with a woman.
Jane Kelly, age 70, walked up to a deli manager at a grocery store and asked point-blank, as her husband Ed wondered what she was up to, "What do you do with that leftover food?"
The Kellys found out that the grocery store had to throw away the cooked deli food and baked goods after a certain date.
The couple would have none of that, as they lived in a community with so many hungry at shelters and soup kitchens and served by crisis ministries.
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So they and the pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church where the Kellys attend started a pick-up themselves, in conjunction with that grocery store, without any idea of how to distribute the food once they got it.
The first day, Ed and Jane Kelly and the Rev. Tom Sherer arrived and rolled three grocery carts of food set to expire to their own vehicles.
They called around until they found people who could use it to feed the hungry. Over days and weeks and months, others at the church offered to volunteer, making daily pick-ups at stores and daily drop-offs to places that served the hungry.
The food distribution bank is now a seven-day-a-week operation, with food going to a daily soup kitchen, a home for abused children, the Back the Pack program for Rock Hill schools' children in need, two men's homeless shelters, and two crisis food ministries.
Yet the Kellys say that the food program is not work, but love.
"It is just trying to help people who need it," said Ed Kelly, 75, a retired banker. "In this world, you do what you can for others."
Jane Kelly said helping get food to the hungry is something that seemed impossible at first, but has become a church ministry because of the volunteers who help and continue to come forth.
"So many people have stepped up to do whatever they can," she said.
And for Sherer, the pastor of this small congregation of fewer than 200 souls located at one of Rock Hill's busiest intersections - the corner of Celanese Road and Mount Gallant Road - finding a way to accept donations, then giving it all away, is a part of what that church is all about.
The Goodwill trailer on the property is Rock Hill's busiest drop-off spot for used clothing for the needy.
And when three Hispanics asked Sherer recently if they could use an outbuilding for Baptist services, that little church with most members who do not even speak English found a home in a Quonset hut.
Covenant church - which has held suppers and meetings over the years with York's Muslim community from Holy Islamville to help foster understanding and unity - has even opened its doors on Tuesday nights to people of all races, ethnicities and means for an English as a second language class.
"Food, shelter and clothing - and even other things - we are doing what Jesus called people to do," said Sherer. "The food, especially, is making its way to people who need it.
"That is what matters - the work."
Getting the food to those who need it is what the Kellys call, simply, "blessings."
Each morning at the church, trucks arrive to drop off baked goods to line tables and fill refrigerators with food.
That same day, the food heads out to feed those who might not have anything to eat without these people who refused to let food go to waste.
"I have been blessed in my life, but we are called to give blessings back," Ed Kelly said. "That is simple, really.
"And it all started because Jane, that wife of mine I am married to for 50 years, asked about what happened to the extra food."
Want to help?
To donate to the Covenant Presbyterian Church food distribution bank, call 803-366-8223.