In March 2009, Hunger Busters was created to provide food-insecure children with weekend food bags. It was initiated by Southside Early Childhood Center. In 2009, 40 kindergarteners received the weekend food bags. Today, over 600 weekend food bags are provided every week of the school year to food-insecure children at nine elementary schools in the Darlington County School District. Our program is serving children in Hartsville, Darlington, Lamar and Society Hill.
Our food bags are intended for one child. The children who receive the food bags are selected by their school. The food bags are packed on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning at the Kids Closet in Hartsville and some are also packed at Lamar Elementary School.
The schools pick up the food bags on Thursday morning and they are distributed to the students on Friday afternoon before they go home for the weekend.
Our program is possible because of grants from the Byerly Foundation, Hartsville United Way, Coker Foundation, Monsanto Fund, local churches, and generous individual donors. We also are extremely grateful for the Hartsville soup kitchen. Every week, they donate to us food they have received from our local Wal-Mart and local Bi-Lo. Our food program costs about $42,000 per school year. It is not an inexpensive endeavor but it is making a difference for the students in the Darlington County School District.
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Food Items Sent Home With Children
2 Ramen Noodles
2 Vienna Sausages
2 Peanut Butter Cracker Packs
1 Applesauce Cup
1 Pop-Tart Sleeve
1 Non-perishable item from the local soup kitchen