Project Life staff and volunteers gather in the clothing sorting area, where donated clothes are processed. The organization serves guests 3 days a week.

Project Life, an organization that has provided hope to thousands of neighbors since 1997, has moved into a new space: a former car dealership, complete with a thriving food pantry and clothing closet.

The new facility provides more space for the food pantry and behind-the-scenes operations, allowing Project Life volunteers to serve more guests.

“We continued to see more and more people each week, each year, and we just felt it was time for a bigger space. When Acura of Augusta was moving out, they asked if we were interested, and we said absolutely,” Eric Sowder, director of operations at Project Life, said.

Our Food Bank partners with Project Life to provide groceries for children, seniors, and families in need. With challenges like decreased SNAP benefits and increased grocery prices, families across our service area have been seeking food assistance from local food pantries for the first time.

Project Life served about 20 more people per day in 2023 compared to the previous year, said Sowder.
Johnny has been visiting Project Life for several years. As the first chill of autumn fell over Augusta, she picked up a bright pink coat for her granddaughter.

“Project Life is a miracle. They help me with clothing and food for my family, my father, and our grandkids,” said Johnny.

For visitors to food pantries and clothing closets like Project Life, a friendly greeting and a warm smile can make a difference.

“Having a place where people can feel at home, I think that’s really important,” said Sowder. “We believe us being here, at this location, is bringing life to the city, bringing back encouragement, bringing back hope, and just really pointing people back to the Father’s love.”

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