MARION, S.C. – Marion County Performing Arts and Science Academy Director Justine Roberts had a little help last week packaging boxes to deliver food to serve hundreds of children through its summer feeding program.
Sysco Foods, supplier for the meals, had a dozen employees volunteer for a day packing.
“We do this every day but they wanted to help us to see what it is like and what we do with the program,” Roberts said. “We have 48 sites that we distributed to since June 10 until August 16.”
Roberts and PASA launched their summer feeding program last year.
“This summer is going wonderful and better than expected,” she said.
Robert’s summer camp program serves up to 102 children. Thanks to a 21st Century grant, 50 children attend for free along with 90 children for the upcoming after-school program.
Roberts said the Summer Food Service Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the South Carolina Department of Education. This summer, Roberts is also serving sites in Darlington, Hartsville and Aiken.
“It’s a lot of work, but we do it,” she said.
District Sales Manager Wyatt Stumbo said he was happy to help.
“It’s nice to be involved with someone helping the community,” he said. “From what we normally do as a business selling to restaurants, when you’re working with somebody that is giving back helping kids, we’re just happy to be part of something different.”
Marketing Associate J.J. Leonard said it’s different in their line of business working with a summer feeding program. Sysco Foods distributes to chain restaurants and independent owners, churches and nonprofit organizations.
Roberts said she was thankful the employees would go far to lend a helping hand.
“I’m very pleased to have them on board with us,” she said.