The Palmetto Project has received a $3,000 Critical Community Needs Grant from Dominion Energy to support its work with families in South Carolina’s Midlands.
The Dominion Energy grant will assist the Palmetto Project with two programs. The first one is Families Helping Families, a holiday assistance program the Palmetto Project and WIS-TV developed in 1991. Since it began, Families Helping Families has become the largest Christmas program in the Midlands, supporting those in need in four counties: Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Fairfield. This year, the program is assisting more than 3,400 income-verified applicant families and senior citizens (totaling 9,274 individuals) with clothing, food, books and toys. Families are chosen for the program by social service agencies and must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty guideline with children under 18 living in the home.
Along with Families Helping Families, the Dominion Energy grant also will provide funding for the Weekend Backpack program, which the Palmetto Project developed after recognizing a need to provide nutritious food to Richland County students from low-income families. A high percentage of these students qualify for free and reduced lunches.
“Dominion Energy is committed to helping ensure people in our communities have the basics needed for a secure and healthy life,” said Kristen Beckham, external affairs representative for Dominion Energy. “During this holiday season, we are thrilled to partner with the Palmetto Project to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families in the Midlands.”