Laurens Electric Cooperative’s June recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Lineman Jason Tumblin.
Jason paid forward $500 to Woodruff Church of God’s Feeding our Future program.
According to Rev. Donna Burdette, “Feeding the Future began three years ago when we recognized the need in our community of children who were dependent on schools for their meals. The need became known when the children’s pastor took children home and realized they had no food. After further research we found this to be true for most of the kids in our community.”
Jason added, “The program is for kids who don’t get meals when school is out so it means a lot to me that they take the time to feed them in the summer. “
Beginning in June, volunteers fill 80-90 bags a week with 7 days’ worth of food consisting of two full meals and two snacks a day.
Volunteers include members of Hope Alive, an outreach program of Project Hope Foundation, which helps children and adults on the autism spectrum. Feeding the Future enables these young adults to utilize skills that they have learned through Hope Alive training.
Feeding the Future is solely dependent on the support of donors, whether they donate financially or by giving food. The bags include such items as grits, granola bars, pudding, apple sauce, Ramen noodles, Pop Tarts, cheese crackers, Beanie Weenies, snack size chips, peanut butter, fruit snacks, Spaghetti-Os, boxed mac and cheese, individual packs of rice and Vienna sausages.
To donate or find out more, contact Woodruff Church of God at 864-382-9212, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WoodruffCOG.