Support your local food bank
The Piedmont Emergency Relief Center (PERC) will accept food donations and have information available at the Pelzer Fall Festival this Saturday, Oct. 5.
There will be an information booth which will include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Applications, Volunteer Applications, and donation collections. PERC volunteers will be collecting food donations at the Pelzer Bi-lo on the same day.
Food donation suggestions include: Jelly, Soup, Hamburger/Tuna/Chicken Helper, Tomato Sauce, Dried Beans, Rice, Juice, Dried or Canned Milk, Ramen Noodles, Crackers, Grits and Flour.
Also Canned Pasta (Ravioli, Beef O’Roni), Canned Vegetables, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Pancake Syrup, Boxed Potato Mixes, Pork and Beans, Loaves of Sandwich Bread, Cornmeal or Biscuit Mix (Bisquick, Jiffy Cornmeal Mix, etc.) Drinks (bottled water, Gatorade, Capri Sun, etc.) and Paper Products.
They also need Personal Hygiene Items (wrapped soap, deodorant, shampoo, feminine products).
“Please consider donating just one of the items on this list and bring it to Piedmont Emergency Relief Center’s display table at the festival,” said PERC spokesperson Maria Hollis.
“If you need help, come see us, and if you can help and are attending the festival, bring one item off our list to donate,” said Hollis.
PERC can also offer help with food stamp applications which can be filed by computer at their office. “The process is so annoying and time consuming for most, that even those who do qualify sometimes do not apply,” Hollis said.
PERC has been helping persons in the community for more than six years. Their service area includes Piedmont, Pelzer, Williamston, Powdersville/Easley area (Zip Code 29642 only) and a part of the Greenville area (Zip Code 29611 only).
For those in other areas, a Care Box will be provided along with a referral to other assistance.
PERC relies on donations of food and money from individuals, churches, schools, civic groups, and local businesses.
Hours are Mon. and Sat. 9am-12pm; Tues. and Thurs. 4 pm-7 pm.
The Piedmont Emergency Relief Center is locted at
3 Main Street (P.O. Box 484)
Piedmont, SC 29673
For more information call 864-845-5535 or go to their website at www.piedmonterc.org.