NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – As families begin to gather around the Thanksgiving table, a local chef has helped feed dozens of the less fortunate in North Charleston, turning the holiday into a day of service.
Chef Chantel Jenkins, owner of Flavor Chanico, lent her talents to feed and clothe the less fortunate in the Liberty Mall parking lot near Rivers Avenue on Thanksgiving.
“I wanted to give thanks. Why not today ? she says.
Jenkins, a lifelong chef, said she had always wanted to help those less fortunate since she was young.
“You know, it filled my heart to see people on the street and see that they had less than me,” Jenkins said. “I would cry. If my parents were driving and I was in the car seat, I would cry. Like, ‘We have to turn around and give them food, give them clothes.’ »
Jenkins said she had enough food at the Thursday morning giveaway to serve more than 100 people. She served a variety of starters, like the Salisbury steak, and sides like white rice and green beans.
She arrived just before 8am and started serving around 9am. The giveaway lasted until 12 p.m.
“I don’t care how they got to where they are,” Jenkins said. “It’s none of my business, but what I can control is what I can do for them, ie feed them, help them with a coat or help them with a blanket.”
People who have been fed say they are grateful to Jenkins for dedicating his time and effort to help them.
“That’s how God wants her to do it – give back what she gets – and God will favor her and her business and God will favor her in all areas of her life,” Arthur Lee Rock said, food recipient.
Jenkins said these gifts were also part of a promise she made to her mother before she passed away in 2020.
“I always told him, ‘Once I have a food trailer, I’m going to go out and feed the less fortunate,’ because I had a big heart for them,” she said. “When I was younger, I used to see them on the street, and I know they had less than me. I didn’t understand it then, but I understood it now as an adult. I was like, ‘Once I get older I’ll go out and feed them as much as I can’, so I just wanted to give back, make sure they had a hot meal.
“She was a God-fearing woman, so she would probably scream and jump for joy,” Jenkins said of her mother. “She would also be there to serve, and you know how to love people.”
Jenkins said her brother bought the clothes and shoes to give to the less fortunate, and gifts like this are usually paid for out of pocket.
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