Amid the hot temperatures and extended vacations, it is not uncommon for food donations from the community to drop dramatically at Clover Area Assistance Center in the summer months. In order to avoid a summer slowdown, here are some ideas that allow everyone to have fun while sharing with those who are less fortunate.
1. We all know barbecues, neighborhood parties, tailgating and church picnics are the gatherings that make summer enjoyable. How about asking everyone attending an event to bring a canned food item? Or even make every drink “cost” one can of food.
2. Do you have children who need a project to keep them busy? Encourage them to set-up a food drive. If they thrive on a little competition, suggest they get other kids to do a food drive to see who can collect the most items. Reward everyone with a party.
3. Here is a sweet twist on a lemonade stand – instead of money, ask for canned food donations.
It is summer and everyone can think of new and innovative ways to incorporate food collections into everyday summer activities. Let the people at CAAC know what you are planning.
For more information, call 803-222-4837. Food donations are accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays. CAAC is closed this week.
KAREN VAN VIERSSEN
CAAC executive director