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Harvest Hope to close Cayce location the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for business reasons

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – Harvest Hope’s Cayce location on 12th Street near the Cayce City Hall will close next week the day before Thanksgiving. This is a move that is based on purely business reasons. The small location was between Knox Abbott Drive and Frink Street. It has been there for a number of years. A spokesperson for the agency said that the location was costing them more money than they could continue to sustain.

Harvest Hope has a partnership with Mission Lexington, formerly LICS on Harmon Street, and 20 other smaller pantries spread across Lexington County to continue to service their clients in our county. For some time, they have been in a support role for many smaller pantries in various other Midlands communities from their large headquarters on Shop Road in Columbia.

For many years, Mission Lexington (LICS) has helped families in the Lexington area with its food bank, clothing, counseling, and other available services for the people of the community. They are much better equipped to know the people of Lexington and are not alone in their efforts to help those who are less fortunate or just struggling through a rough time. Most communities across Lexington County are covered by some sort of emergency feeding help and Mission Lexington even has a mobile food pantry that can go into communities that are underserved if needed.

The Chapin area, by far the Lexington County community furthest away from Mission Lexington’s facility, has a food pantry that offers a number of services called We Care. It’s located on Chapin Road heading north toward Newberry just outside the town of Chapin. In Pelion, there’s a food pantry that has carried clothing as well called PACES at the Nazarene Church. There’s a smaller community pantry that goes by the name GPS near the intersection of Fish Hatchery and Meadowfield Road between the Gaston, Swansea, and Pelion communities. In the town of South Congaree, Ebenezer PH Church on Colonial Avenue at Church Street is about to open a larger, expanded food pantry as the needs of that community have grown. There is also a pantry called the South Lexington Emergency Food Pantry behind the large church that’s reverting to Life Springs after being called Redemption Columbia for several years across Platt Springs Road from White Knoll High School in the Red Bank / White Knoll area. There are also more options in Batesburg/Leesville, Swansea, and the Cayce and West Columba areas.

When Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon was elected to office, one of his priorities was to develop a Community Action Team or CAT program that could connect people with needs to the proper agencies or services. That team’s leader, Captain Mark Jones, has spent his time in command building relationships with community groups of all types that can assist depending on the needs of the people they run into while patrolling the streets of the county. The concept, one that seems to be working well, keeps as many certified law enforcement officers on the road doing their jobs while Jones and his small team connect groups like the Boy Scouts, church groups, social service agencies, and just people who want to help with the people in need. They are continuing on that path daily.

If you are in need of food or other assistance while you are going through a rough patch, begin by checking with a church you attend or one close to your home. If they can’t help you, they can probably point you to one that can. If no help is available nearby, try the SC Department of Social Services on South Lake Drive near Lexington for a list of organizations that offer emergency asistance. The CAT team at the sheriff’s department can be reached through their non-emergency switchboard number at (803) 785-8230. Mission Lexington can be reached by telephone at (803) 957-6656.

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