In 1982, the Clover area--in a depression as a result of the large number of textile manufacturers who moved their operations overseas--had many families needing help meeting basic needs. In response, the River Hills Lions Club decided to conduct a food drive in the Clover area. Members were asked to bring non-perishable food items to breakfast meetings. If they forgot to bring in a food item, they were “fined” $1.00. Paper barrels were placed in local grocery stores, and shoppers were asked to make food contributions. Three members of the Lions Club were appointed president, vice-president of finances, and vice-president of collection and distribution. The organization was named The Good Neighbor Deli. The River Hills Lioness Club soon joined the effort, and their members became volunteers and the primary distributors of the collected food.
This program was a success! Food was distributed at a building also occupied by the
The Good Neighbor Pantry was formed once it was determined the mission should become a 501(c)(3) organization. This group made contact with the Charlotte Food Bank (currently Second Harvest). This organization became the pantry's largest food contributor--providing 96 percent of the center's food--and continues to do so to this day.
In December 1999, the Good Neighbor Pantry became the Clover Area Assistance Center when local dignitaries, York County Council members, a Clover congressman, Clover residents, and the newly-formed CAAC board met in a church building to dedicate the merging of the