Star Gospel Mission food card giveaway set for Monday

Hundreds line up outside the Star Gospel Mission each year for the annual food card giveaway. This was a small part of the crowd in 2013.

Hundreds of residents are expected to line up outside Star Gospel Mission in Charleston — many camping out all night — for a $60 food card giveaway Monday morning.

The annual event is a partnership between the mission and The Post and Courier’s Good Cheer Fund. The gift cards can be redeemed at any local Bi-Lo store. They can’t be used for alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets.

Recipients must be at least 30 years old and must present a valid ID and Social Security card.

People cannot get a food card for somebody else, only those present can get a card, and each person present can get only one card, according to an announcement from the mission.

Cards will be given away starting at 7:30 a.m. outside the building at 474 Meeting St. and are usually gone by 9 a.m., according to the mission’s director, the Rev. Bill Christian. Charleston police will be on hand to ensure order.

Last year, more than 700 food cards were distributed. Many started waiting outside the building Sunday afternoon and stayed all night.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.

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