The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the diocese in the eastern half of the state, is extending a helping hand to food service workers who suffered financial loss due to an inability to work before, during, and after the time Hurricane Dorian passed the coast of South Carolina.
Funded by an Episcopal Relief and Development grant of $25,000, the church has partnered with Giving Kitchen of Atlanta to create the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund and offer financial assistance to food service workers experiencing hardship due to Hurricane Dorian in coastal South Carolina.
“While many people in South Carolina did not suffer significant property damage from Hurricane Dorian, the storm was financially devastating to hourly employees who because of the state’s mandatory evacuation were unable to work for nearly a week,” said the Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. “We are thankful for the assistance of Episcopal Relief & Development in allowing our diocese to serve this tremendous need in our local communities.”
One-time funds are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Food service workers may apply for assistance from the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund from now through Sept. 30. To complete the application to receive funds from the Hurricane Dorian Hurricane Relief Fund, visit https://thegivingkitchen.org/dorian. Membership or participation in the Episcopal Church is not a precursor for support.
Giving Kitchen’s application requires food service workers impacted by Hurricane Dorian to provide proof of current employment in the commercial food service industry as well as financial need.
Approved applicants will receive grocery store gift cards in amounts ranging from $50 to $500 based on current need.
Giving Kitchen will process online applications. The church will provide gift cards at pre-approved pickup locations in the communities of Charleston, Pawley’s Island and Myrtle Beach. Specific pick-up locations will be provided to approved applicants.