Thornwell Joins Community Partners in Supporting Neighbors Facing Summer Food Insecurity

June 5, 2023

Grab-N-Go Meal Pickups Kick Off June 5th; City of Clinton, Presbyterian College, and United Way Partner with Thornwell and LushAcres Farm for Inaugural Gleaning Day

With Summer upon us, Thornwell is excited to announce several initiatives to support community families facing food insecurity. Historically, pockets of Clinton and Laurens County have been known as “food deserts,” or areas where it is difficult to buy affordable or good quality fresh food. According to Feeding America, Laurens County has a child food insecurity rate of 18.1%, which is higher than the national average, and families in this county experience an annual food budget shortfall of more than 4 million dollars.

Grab-N-Go Meals Returns

The return of daily Grab-N-Go meal pickups begins Monday, June 5th. This program is open to all children (in any nearby county) under the age of 18.

In partnership with the USDA, Grab-N-Go was initially developed as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grab-N-Go meal program is designed to ease the parental burden by providing free healthy meals to children and ensuring children in the community will not go hungry. Since March 2020, Thornwell has served more than 160,000 meals and is committed to continuing these efforts daily during Summer 2023.

“Summer should be a time that children look forward to and not one that they fear because they do not know where the next meal might come from. We are so grateful to offer a program that takes that worry out of the minds of children and families,” said Director of Child Nutrition Food Service Alice James.

Daily Pickup Details

  • June 5th through July 28th
  • Monday through Friday | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Thornwell Dining Hall | 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325
  • Parents/Guardians can pick up breakfast and lunch for all qualifying children in their household.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, please email Alice James at [email protected].