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A hot meal and a few kind words can go a long way toward brightening someone’s day.
On Monday, a group of local leaders had the opportunity to see just how far when they delivered meals to Spartanburg County residents through Mobile Meals annual “Week of Champions” event.
Wofford College President Nayef Samhat, Spartanburg Community College President Henry Giles, former Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet and WSPA anchor Tom Crabtree and his wife, Gayle Crabtree, loaded up their vehicles with coolers full of freshly prepared foods at the Christian non-profit’s headquarters in downtown Spartanburg.
“We have lived here since 1981,” Tom Crabtree said. “It is home for us. Through my involvement as a journalist, I’ve seen a lot. Good things and things that need more attention… There are a lot of people who can benefit from Mobile Meals.”
He said it is really an “eye-opener” to see how much need is in the community and how, for some, the few moments of conversation during a meal delivery may be the only human contact they have during the day.
Susan Spires, vice president of development for Mobile Meals, said the charity’s mission is to glorify God by providing nutritious meals, services and fellowship to frail and homebound residents of the county.
With the help of volunteers, Mobile Meals serves food to about 1,300 people each day.
The organization was founded in 1977 by Executive Director Jayne McQueen. It is funded by donations from the community and receives no state or federal funding, Spires said.
“Statistics show that one in five people are hungry,” said Grey Wicker, a local attorney who serves as chairman of Mobile Meals and sits on the board of Hub City Hog Fest, a barbecue contest started in Spartanburg three years ago to raise money for Mobile Meals. “Here they are, the other four, doing their part to help their fellow man.”
Monday’s event marked Samhat’s first time volunteering with the non-profit. He said citizenship and service are vital to Wofford’s teachings about effective leadership.
“We have a responsibility to one another,” Barnet said. “It’s all about love and caring for people in the community who are in need.”
Spires said local residents who wish to get involved can stop by the charity’s office at 419 E. Main St., or call 573-7684 and ask to speak with Paula or Vivian.
Hub City Hog Fest will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 15 and 16 at Morgan Square.
For more information, visit: www.mobile-meals.org.