Hunger Ministries at AIM
Hershel “Buck” Buchanan Fishes & Loaves Pantry
The Gospels tell the story of Christ using two fish and five loaves of bread to feed the 5,000. This image is reflected in AIM’s ministry of “Fishes & Loaves.” We began by opening a small food bank in April of 1997 to provide non-perishable food to the less fortunate of our community.
Qualifications & Requirements:
- Must be an Anderson County Resident
- Must meet Income Eligibility Guidelines
- Must present valid SC Drivers License or ID
- Additional items may be required for future visits
AIM is a USDA equal opportunity provider. For more information, click HERE.
Who We Serve
Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, we assist an average of 35+ families daily; in the last year, over 10,000 families were served. We also offer one afternoon service day each month, by appointment for pre-authorized persons only, who have verifiable work schedules or medical conditions that prevent them from visiting during standard operating hours.
Clients must go through Intake and Assessment in order to qualify for continued access to the pantry.
Summer Food for Kids (SF4K)
During the summer months children in subsidized housing areas do not have the same access to food as they do during the school year. Many schools offer these children free or reduced price breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. This lack of access to food can strain already tight household budgets in these locations. Given the existence of federally funded weekday feeding programs, we designed our program to focus on providing children with food for the weekend.
This program helps senior food pantry clients whose physical limitations or transportation issues make it difficult for them to come to AIM for the food assistance that they need. Once approved for the program by AIM staff, clients are matched with a volunteer who delivers a monthly package including USDA commodities and donated food items. Community Connections volunteers make the food pantry coordinator aware of any need that comes to their attention, and AIM either assists them with the need or makes the appropriate agency referral.
Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Unfortunately, there are many community members who are unable to purchase the “extra” items needed to prepare a special holiday meal. AIM distributes Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food packages to some of these families to help make their holiday brighter.
Trick or Treat So Others May Eat (TOTSOME)