The Fort Mill Care Center needs to fill its shelves.
The center, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to Fort Mill residents, is running out of food, with enough to last just six weeks, director Carol Higgins said.
The center assists Fort Mill Township residents with food and other supplies and helps pay for prescriptions and utility bills.
Providing food is the center’s primary role, Higgins said. In December, the most recent care report available, the center helped feed 232 families and distributed 9,770 pounds of food.
The center relies on donations from local organizations and individuals, Higgins said.
“Churches have been very good about contributing to us,” she said.
However, due to the center’s small space, there is not enough room to store large quantities of supplies, something that often contributes to a shortage, Higgins said.
Higgins said donations are critical, especially now when the pantry is nearly empty. She said in the 25 years the center has been operating, it has never once had to turn somebody away.
“I would hate to have that happen now,” she said. “We are hurting. We don’t go ask unless we need to.”
She said the center especially struggles during the summer, when not as many organizations hold food drives. However, that is the time when food is most needed as children are out of school, Higgins said.
This summer is a particularly rough one for the center, which had to move from its nearly 5,000 square foot facility on Banks Street to the now much smaller location on Tom Hall Plaza last August, Higgins said.
She said the center hopes to eventually move into a bigger space.
“We need a permanent home,” Higgins said.
Right now, though, the focus is on restocking the center’s shelves.
Higgins said the center can accept nonperishable items only and are in need of easily stored items, such as canned goods, including vegetables, meat and tuna, and dry beans and rice.
The center does not have the capacity to pick up large donations, but goods can be brought to the center 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Higgins said.
For more information, go to fortmillcarecenter.org or call 803-547-7620.