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Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County Feeds More Than 500 Elementary Students
By Karen Brewer, Publisher, The Christian View magazine


Photograph by Karen Brewer, Publisher

Dan Brazinski and Milledge Cassell of Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County are pictured delivering boxes of food for students at Chastain Road Elementary School in Liberty. Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County helps feed more than 500 students in elementary schools throughout Pickens County. If you wish to donate to Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County or would like more information on this organization, visit their website at www.PickensChildren.com


Donations to Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County help feed more than 500 children for 36 weekends during the school year in all of the elementary schools throughout Pickens County.

Feed a Hungry Child partners with Golden Harvest Food Bank, based in Augusta, Georgia.
Milledge Cassell and Dan Brazinski of Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County are pictured delivering boxes of food to Chastain Road Elementary School in Liberty after having picked up the food boxes from Golden Harvest Food Bank’s Anderson Distribution Center in Williamston. They delivered 13 boxes at the school, with eight packs of food in each box, enough to last for three weeks. The food included two meals and snacks and chocolate milk for each day. After leaving their first stop of the morning at Chastain Road Elementary, Cassell and Brazinski visited Central Elementary, Clemson Elementary, and Six Mile Elementary, and, a few days later, they visited East End Elementary, West End Elementary, and Forest Acres Elementary. Other volunteers delivered food boxes to other elementary schools in the county.


Photograph by Karen Brewer, Publisher


“Everything is volunteer,” Cassell told The Christian View magazine. “The gas we use comes out of our pocket, not the Feed a Hungry Child budget.” He added, “Ninety five percent or better of every dollar that is donated to Feed a Hungry Child goes to buying the food. We buy it from Golden Harvest Food Bank, and they get it from Feed America.”

Cassell and Brazinski delivered the food at Chastain Road Elementary to Tina Kelly, the school’s Guidance Counselor, who said that Feed a Hungry Child volunteers deliver food about once a month. “This school has been here nine years, and they’ve done it all nine years this school has been in existence,” she said.

Although Feed a Hungry Child does not deliver food during the summer months, Kelly said that the school district has a feeding program for the summer, providing breakfast and lunch five days a week for anyone under the age of 18.

Kelly said that about 40 students are served by the Feed a Hungry Child program at Chastain Road Elementary, where the students receive the food each Friday (or on Thursday if there is no school on a Friday).

Kelly said that students in the program were surveyed, to see what kinds of foods they like or do not like. “They were wanting to make sure they were eating what they were providing,” she said. “They started doing oatmeal instead of cereal, and chocolate milk, not vanilla milk. They were changing it up a little bit. So, they do survey the kids, to see what their preferences are. So, that’s cool.”


Photograph by Karen Brewer, Publisher


Photograph by Karen Brewer, Publisher

Photograph by Karen Brewer, Publisher                                                   



She said that each school provides a way for the students to take the food home discreetly, without being embarrassed. 

“Our school also has GoalPOST (Goal-oriented Performance in Out-of-School Time),” she said. “A lot of schools don’t have that. It’s a three-year grant through Clemson University, where kids are provided bus transportation and two meals a day. and they do academic stuff, and they go on field trips every Friday. It’s enrichment that they wouldn’t normally get to do. That’s really awesome too, and we don’t have to worry about the kids being on the street. We’re lucky Clemson University partnered with us for that.”

Referring to the importance of the Feed a Hungry Child program, Kelly said that, if the students are not eating, they are unable to do their work. “You can’t perform if you don’t have food and nourishment,” she said.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County program may visit their website at www.PickensChildren.com.


Photograph by Karen Brewer, Publisher

Dan Brazinski and Milledge Cassell of Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County are pictured with Tina Kelly, Guidance Counselor at Chastain Road Elementary School. Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County helps feed more than 500 students in all of the county's elementary schools for the 36 weekends throughout the school year.



Photograph by Karen Brewer, Publisher

Dan Brazinski and Milledge Cassell of Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County.