As the eighteen-wheeler pulled up early Wednesday morning in York, it looked as though the cavalry had arrived.
"There is hope. There is always hope in this area," said Sherry K. Davis of Progressive Church of Jesus Christ. "And we want to bring hope to people by sponsoring this Feed The Children truck."
With the continued downturn in the economy Davis says her church wants to help those in need of even the most basic things like food to feed their children.
"It makes me feel great, and I'm sure the rest of the Progressive Church feels the same way," she said.
Sumter County's unemployment rate for the month of January was 16%. With increased layoffs in this area, Progressive Church teamed with Feed the Children to reach out to those in need.
"The need in this area is very great," Davis said. "We had plant closings and teacher layoffs and just the area itself doesn't supply a lot of jobs. So the need to feed people is great."
Feed the Children delivers food throughout the country to those who need the basic necessities. Jon Lankford is a driver for the organization.
"You're helping people and you can see hunger in people's faces out there," Lankford said. "The little that we can do as far as handing out food boxes and hygiene supplies, it's a lot of satisfaction; it humbles you a lot."
"We believe in helping people. I cannot see why we would have millions of dollars in the bank and it's just sitting there," said Davis. "We should be investing back into our community."
For those who need assistance in Sumter County, you may call the Progressive Church of Jesus Christ at 205-392-9371 or 205-499-0885.