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 everyday but they wanted to help us so see what it is like and what we do with the program,” Roberts said. “We have 48 sites that we distributed so since June 10 until August 16.”

Roberts and PASA launched their summer feeding program last year, serving 2,400 meals per day.

“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 work with somebody that is giving back helping kids, we just happy to be part of something different.”

Jackson said he hoped the volunteers from Florence and Myrtle Beach taking out their time help would make their job easier for a day.

Marketing Associate J.J. Leonard said it’s different in their line of business working with a summer feeding program. Sysco Foods distribute to chain restaurants and independent owners, churches and non-profit 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.

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