370K pounds: Service Center breaking records

Published 2:15 am Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Christian Service Center continues to break its own records, giving away 370,000 pounds of food in the first 10 months of 2017 alone.

“We haven’t calculated for November or December. That’s the year through October,” CSC director, the Rev. Leroy Cole said.

“We’re distributing about 35,000 pounds per month for all three of our centers. We see about 880 families each month,” Cole said.

“When the program first started, we probably distributed 100,000 pounds of food yearly.”

The food bank works off of donations from the local community as well as the Bay Area Food Bank who pays for CCS volunteers to pick-up the pull items from Winn Dixie and Walmart.

Profits from the Christian Service Centers are also used for purchasing food.

“These items are being pulled off the shelf, but there’s nothing wrong with them. So we go a couple of times a week and pick up these pull items,” Cole said.

Eligibility is based on income.

“You have to be a resident of Covington County, and have proof of identification,” Cole said.

There’s also a system of poundage per person within the household, 15 pounds per person, with 60 pounds being the maximum a household can receive.

“We can’t supply grocery needs, but we can supplement them as they get help from other organizations. They can receive our aid once a month,” Cole said.

The food is a variety of frozen meats, vegetables, beans, rice, and canned goods.

The food bank is open Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but Cole said people begin lining up as early as 8 a.m.

The Christian Service Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Any non-perishable food items are welcomed as a donation.

If anyone has any questions or would like to donate, contact the CSC at 334-222-3840.