Spartanburg non-profit distributes food for the holiday

January 13, 2017 by  

Begun by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in 1947, Goodfellows recently completed its annual project to help those who are disadvantaged in Spartanburg by putting food on their tables for the holiday season. The charity was able to collect over $50,000 during this year’s drive.

Goodfellows was able to help hundreds of families during the past holiday season with monetary donations of various sizes from people in the community.

Families who wanted to be considered for assistance needed to apply at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Spartanburg and bring with them a social security card and identification with a photograph on it. Volunteers gathered at the Piedmont Interstate Fairground to pack grocery bags that were distributed to these families in need for the holiday. Over 1,200 bags of food were packaged and distributed to these families.

Since beginning this annual tradition, Goodfellows has been able to help tens of thousands of families, many of whom have no jobs and have not been able to find employment, and are having difficulty paying for clothes and other necessities for their families.

As with many such events, Goodfellows may have benefitted not only from word-of-mouth about this annual drive but by printing flyers and other materials that could be distributed throughout the community to encourage people to be generous and help the less fortunate during the holiday season.