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Food donation to Rock Hill soup kitchen, church will honor Brother David Boone

An area food bank that supplies food to area counties in both Carolinas will make a special donation Wednesday to a Rock Hill soup kitchen and church to honor Brother David Boone, one of the charity’s founders.

The donation will be two truckloads, more than $25,000 worth of food.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina decided to donate food to two of the charities Boone helped create -- the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen and St. Mary Catholic Church food pantry.

The charities are regular partners with the food bank, receiving food at a reduced rate to give to the poor. But Wednesday’s donation is specifically to honor Boone and his legacy, Second Harvest officials said.

Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest, called Boone her “personal hero.”

Boone, 84, is ill with cancer and has stopped taking chemotherapy and other treatments.

Earlier this month, The Herald published an interview and video with Boone where he talked of his life’s work, helping the poor and working toward racial equality.

Boone, St. Mary church administrator for more than 50 years, was one of the founders of the soup kitchen in 1986.

The kitchen has served more than a million meals and is run by volunteers. It operates solely on donations from supporters and the community.

Bev Carroll, another founder of the soup kitchen, said the donation is important to continue the work to help people, and it shows that the need remains.

“Every donation, all year round, goes to helping our guests,” Carroll said.

The food will be delivered at 1 p.m. Wednesday to the pantry and soup kitchen at Bannon Hall, 902 Crawford Road, Rock Hill.

Second Harvest provides food to programs in 19 counties. Last year, the food bank distributed more than 50 million pounds of food to more than 700 agencies and charities.

Visit heraldonline Wednesday for video, photos and coverage of the donation.

Want to help?

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen and St. Mary Catholic Church Food Pantry are located in Bannon Hall at 902 Crawford Road, Rock Hill. To make a donation or find out about how to volunteer, call 803-366-4142 or visit the soup kitchen online and on Facebook.

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