Tricounty Family Ministries steps up to help those in need

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- For many people, the holidays means gathering around the table for a big meal with family and friends, but that isn't the case for hundreds of people in the Lowcountry who are battling hunger every day.

It's a sight that is all too familiar at Tricounty Family Ministries. Hundreds of people stand in line for possibly the only hot meal they will eat all day.

"It's been known to wrap around the block, depending on what's going on," said Sue Hanshaw. "We see quite a few of the same people every day, and it's those folks that are the working poor, the homeless folks we get."

While the meal changes every day, the goal to help does not.

"We don't know what we are going to serve the next day until the truck comes in. Our truck goes around the tri-county area and whatever we bring in is what we will serve either for lunch or put it in the food bags or deliver it to our home bound members," she said.

Tricounty Family Ministries has the Lowcountry Food Bank to depend on with about 30 percent of the food coming from there.

"We serve 5 million people out of this little parsonage since 1983. I believe us and the Lowcountry Food Bank, we started about the same time and we always have gotten our food from the food bank," Hanshaw said.

It takes a great partnership to make sure there is enough food to go around, as well as volunteers willing to lend a hand and help others in need.

The food bank and Tricounty Family Ministries are always looking for extra help.