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[Columbia, S.C. – December 21, 2022] Collard greens, string beans, whole chickens, tuna, black eyed peas, grits, tomato soup, and fresh fruit are just some of the many food items being distributed by the Columbia Urban League (CULSC) to fight hunger during the holiday season. Since 1967, CULSC has provided Christmas food baskets and prepared meals to primarily elderly families in need. This year, CULSC will provide 300 nutritional food baskets and 150 prepared meals to underserved elderly families and 250 holiday snack backpacks to disadvantaged youth.

CULSC President and CEO James T. McLawhorn said the organization expanded its annual program this year because of the adverse impact of inflation on food prices and the overall quality of life.

“This is a very challenging year for many seniors who have historically suffered from food insecurities, compounded by the escalating inflation that has increased the cost of basic food items beyond the reach of many seniors,” McLawhorn said. “Additionally, many seniors living alone feel isolated, when countless others are gathering with family and friends.”

“This year, CULSC will expand prepared meals for those seniors who may not have the luxury of family and friends assisting in the preparation of food.” Food baskets and youth snack backpacks will be distributed from W. A. Perry Middle School at 2600 Barhamville Road in Columbia starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21st by CULSC staff, the Columbia Urban League Young Professionals, Sponsors’ volunteers and other community volunteers.

Prepared meals will be delivered to elderly families primarily residing in public housing on Thursday, December 22nd .

The CULSC’s annual Beatrice McKnight Christmas Giving Project named in 2012 in memory of the late CULSC former employee, civil rights activist, and advocate for low-income seniors. “We are grateful for the generosity of our presenting sponsors – PRIMSA Health and Absolute Total Care. In addition to these presenting sponsors, we appreciate the support of other event sponsors Humana, Walmart, Publix Supermarket, Pepsi, along with generous supporters, and volunteers,” McLawhorn said.

The Columbia Urban League, Inc. is a multi-service, non-profit agency that promotes financial stability and racial inclusion in our community. The Columbia Urban League offers programs designed to provide economic empowerment and educational opportunities for those in need.


For more information about the Columbia Urban League and its programs, please visit our website at or by phone at 803-799-8150.

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