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Hunger Busters delivering a difference to children in Lamar

LAMAR, SC (WMBF) – The “Hunger Busters” food program is now serving more hungry students in Darlington County.

“If the people could ride with us each week, they would realize things right here in Lamar need to be taken care of,” Gay Jeffords said. “We need to watch out for each other.”

Friends and colleagues, Gay Jeffords and Sue Ingram decided to fight children hunger in Lamar by teaming up with Andrea Pulling of Carolina Kids and Garry Flowers, principal of Lamar Elementary, to establish a Hunger Buster program in the community there, according to a news release from the Darlington County School District.

The Carolina Kids organization has partnered with the Darlington County School District, Harvest Hope Food Bank and area churches for several years now to offer “hunger buster” bags to Hartsville students living in high poverty situations; students are provided bags of non-perishable food items to take home each weekend, the release states.

After seeing the tremendous impact of several hundred Hartsville students taking home bags of food each Friday, Jeffords and Ingram wanted to make this a reality for the hungry children in Lamar.

They did just that. During the spring, every Friday they sent home bags of food with more than fifty children of Lamar Elementary.

“No one has said ‘no’,” Jeffords explained. “Lamar Baptist Church has adopted this as their local ministry and has supported us fully. Andrea Pulling of Carolina Kids showed us how the program works and the bags are packed. We have been very fortunate and we are happy to do this.”

Even though school ended the program lived on.

They load their vehicles with bags of food every Thursday and deliver it to and visit with families throughout Lamar.

“I would encourage other people to do it and other schools,” Ingram commented. “Don’t be afraid to get out there and get involved in the community. These children need us. It takes a whole village to raise a child and that’s what we’re doing every day.”

According to the release, Jeffords and Ingram are actively working to also expand the Carolina Kids program into Lamar; this would provide a clothing closet and a “read and feed afterschool program.”

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