Donations needed at East Cooper Community Outreach

Donations needed to restock shelves

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The shelves at the East Cooper Community Outreach warehouse might be bare, but the need is still there.

"We're running out of food," Executive Director Jack Little says. "We're very, very close to being out."

The Outreach serves about 30 families each day, providing them with an emergency supply of food from their warehouse in Mt. Pleasant.

"Most people don't think there's poverty in Mt. Pleasant or East Cooper," Little says. "It's hard to believe that 30 percent of the kids at Whiteside and James B. Edwards Elementary Schools are on free lunches and that's about one/third of the kids."

The summer months mark an especially difficult time for the Outreach: Not only are children home for summer break and must be fed meals they might otherwise be served at school, but actual donations decrease, as well.

"Summer's are always slow with food coming in because people are always going on vacation and they sort of get out of the habit of giving -- they have other things on their mind," Little says.

He adds that the current stock is the lowest he has seen in two years.

Donations to the Outreach can be dropped off at 1145 Six Mile Road in Mt. Pleasant from 10am to 4pm.  Donations of the following are particularly helpful: Peanut Butter, Rice, Dry Beans, Canned Meat, Instant Potatoes, Mac & Cheese, Dry Soup, Canned Fruit, Jelly, Tuna, Canned pasta, Pasta Sauce and Toiletries.