Charleston Grill general manager Mickey Bakst came up with the idea for Feed the Need after learning that a budget crunch forced Crisis Ministries (now known as One80 Place) to close its soup kitchen once a week. He recruited members from the Charleston restaurant community to give back to those in need around the Lowcountry.
Feed The Need teams with Tricounty Family Ministries to host a Christmas brunch for 2,000 of Charleston's hungry each year. This year’s event was held on Friday, December 22. Each person who attended was provided a hot meal, children went home with a toy, and families walked away with new coats and a bag of provisions for a holiday supper.
This year, as in years past, the lines went for several blocks down Rivers Avenue while individuals waited for a seat inside the Tricounty Family Ministries building. Inside, volunteers helped plate a holiday meal of turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, Jim N Nick's biscuits, more fixings, plus cake.
Even mayor John Tecklenburg was on hand to lend a hand. If you weren’t able to volunteer or donate this year, feel free to reach out to Feed the Need to see how you can help in 2018.
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