Community Ministry of North Augusta has shut down its thrift ship and donation intake due to COVID-19 but will still be distributing food to its clients.

The ministry’s food pantry will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to current clients in Area 2 of Aiken County public schools.

Hours those days will be from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“We anticipate much need in the coming weeks, with so many families affected by a reduction of or loss of work,” says an email release from the organization.

“Thankfully, local residents will not face loss of utilities during this time, but those bills are being deferred rather than forgiven. As things return to normal, many of our neighbors will need help with these expenses.”

CMONA states that last week it distributed bags of food to over 40 families at a cost of around $70 per bag.

Their biggest needs are eggs, sticks of butter, American cheese slices, hot dogs, spaghetti sauce, canned tuna, large shampoo bottles and bathroom cleaner. Those donations can be brought to CMONA at 646 East Buena Vista to the food pantry door. 

The email says though that the best way to help CMONA at this time is by making a monetary donation. Donations can be given at cmona.org/donate or can be mailed to PO Box 7152, North Augusta, S.C. 28861.

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Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.