738 S. Line St. Ext. Greer, SC 29651 - PO Box 1373 Greer, SC 29652 - P: (864) 877-1937 - MOW: (864) 879-2254
"No elderly, homebound or disadvantaged person in the Greater Greer area will go hungry."
Loyal individuals, businesses, churches and special groups fund approximately 30 percent of GCM's annual budget. Another 40 percent comes from our yearly fundraising events. For the remainder of budget needs, we solicit grants. Every dollar that we receive is used to further our mission of feeding hungry people in the Greater Greer area, including Duncan, Lyman, Taylors and Wellford.
In 1972 a Greer minister, the late Rev. Johnny Stack, and a committee of local citizens founded GCM with the purpose of beginning a Meals on Wheels program. The following year, 25 senior adults began receiving weekly Meals on Wheels. The Senior Dining, Food Pantry and Sharon's Closet programs were added between 1973 and 1984.
WHO WE ARE
GCM is a faith based organization with the philosophy that, "no elderly, home bound or disadvantaged person in the Greater Greer area will go hungry." In 2016, Meals on Wheels delivered over 89,000 hot and freshly prepared meals in the Greer area. Also, over 8,300 clients were assisted through the Food Pantry and Sharon's Clothing Closet. An average of 30 Senior Diners were brought to the ministry on week days to fellowship with others while participating in inspirational programs and learning about safety and fitness. They were also served a warm, nutritious meal.
According to the 2012 US Census, 227,642 South Carolina senior adults are isolated and living alone and 182,244 are threatened by hunger. Greer is not immune to these staggering numbers. Over 26,000 people live in the Greer area and 10.9 percent of our population is 65 or over while 21.86 percent of our families are below poverty levels. With age comes issues such as illness, dependency and limited mobility. This can lead to depression, changes in appetite and a decline in well being. Many times individuals and their families must decide between buying food or paying for other necessities, such as housing, utilities or medical care. For these reasons, GCM was created to ensure that needy citizens will be taken care of to the best of our ability.