Geraldine’s Kitchen Faces Critical Shortages, Calls for Community Support

June 19, 2024
Geraldine’s Kitchen, an essential community resource providing meals to those in need, is currently facing severe shortages in both food supplies and personal care items. As the summer heat intensifies, the organization is appealing to the community for immediate assistance.

“Our shelving is pretty bare considering we’ve been feeding approximately 50 people per day. That takes a minimum of 15-20 cans per item fixed for that meal,” said Jamie Brewington, a representative from Geraldine’s Kitchen. “The canned goods we have now are chickpeas and black beans which we do use at times, but people aren’t favorable of them. The bare spaces are for the more common vegetables and beans that most people like to eat.”

The items most in need include carrots, mixed vegetables, sweet peas, green beans, corn, potatoes, pintos, black-eyed peas, navy beans, great northern beans, baked beans, and pork and beans. In addition to these food items, Geraldine’s Kitchen is also desperately in need of men’s deodorant and antiperspirant. With the summer heat and many men working outdoors daily, the lack of deodorant is particularly concerning. Currently, there are only four cans of shaving cream left on the shelf. Although the kitchen has an ample supply of bar soap and travel-sized shampoos and conditioners, there is a critical shortage of regular-sized shampoo and conditioner bottles for the men in the program.

Brewington emphasized the importance of community support, saying, “If you cannot purchase canned items or live further away, you can still contribute through monetary donations – checks or grocery store gift cards – marked as ‘Geraldine’s Kitchen – Food Supply’ – by mail to PO BOX 925, Clinton, SC 29325. Thank you to all who continue to give and support the efforts of Geraldine’s Kitchen to feed the homeless and hungry.”

For those who can donate physical items, the delivery address is 209 East Main Street, Clinton, SC 29325. Geraldine’s Kitchen operates under The Open Door, a 501(c)3 organization in good standing with the IRS, making all donations tax-deductible. The organization targets three primary areas: homelessness for men, women, and children; addiction recovery for men and women; and hunger through their soup kitchen.

The ongoing support from the community is vital for Geraldine’s Kitchen to continue its mission of feeding the homeless and hungry. Every donation, whether it be food, personal care items, or financial contributions, makes a significant impact.

“Once again, thank you to all who continue to give and support. We could not do what we do without the help of each of you!” Brewington added.

For more information on how to help, please contact Geraldine’s Kitchen at their physical address or through their mailing address for donations. Together, we can ensure that no one in our community goes hungry or without basic necessities.