Duke Energy grants will help free clinics, food banks in Pee Dee

Duke Energy is partnering with seven free medical clinics and three food programs to provide $140,000 in grants to assist these agencies.

Each of the following free clinics will receive $10,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation:

Sumter United Ministries Free Clinic, Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic in Marion, Mercy Medicine Free Clinic in Florence, Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic in Cheraw, Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County and Dillon County Free Medical Clinic.

Food banks in our communities provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food, distributing millions of healthy meals to families across the region each year.

Harvest Hope Food Bank distributed 22.9 million meals to provide hunger relief for individuals in South Carolina in 2018. They will receive $50,000 to help provide more than 250,000 meals to those in need in the Pee Dee.

Harvest Hope will distribute these funds to partner agencies they support in counties across the region.

Each agency will have an account set up that they can use to purchase food for their community food bank and distribute accordingly in those more rural communities.

The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 30 million pounds of food in 2018.

They will receive $10,000 to distribute fresh produce as part of their feeding programs with eight partner agencies in Duke Energy service areas in Williamsburg, Georgetown and Horry counties.

Since 2017, the United Way of Kershaw County has operated the Mobile Nutrition Center, a mobile food pantry that delivers healthy foods to sites in so-called “food deserts” that are located in rural Kershaw County.

This program directly serves their clients by removing barriers that prevent access to food like transportation and income. They will receive $10,000 to conduct mobile feeding programs in the Bethune and Lugoff areas.

Author: Rachel Howell

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