Volume 10 | April 2018
Dear John,

Volunteers power the Lowcountry Food Bank. Our volunteers help provide food and resources to people in our community who face hunger. Join us and take an active role in the fight to end hunger in coastal South Carolina. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
When you give your time to the Lowcountry Food Bank, you get back something amazing in return: the feeling that you personally are helping put food into the hands of people who need it. The Lowcountry Food Bank volunteers know this better than anyone. Sign up to volunteer and find out for yourself.
We thank those volunteers who helped us provide over 28 million pounds of food to our neighbors in 2017. Help us make a bigger impact this year!

Congress plans to introduce a bill that will affect how federal hunger-fighting programs operate for years to com important programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps feed millions of Americans every single month. In fact, 1 in every 4 children in this country receive food assistance from SNAP.

As we sort through the bill to learn all the ways that it will affect Americans, we know one for sure: the Feeding America network of food banks which includes the Lowcountry Food Bank, will not be able to absorb the impact of these cuts. If the bill passes in its current form, Americans may no longer have food to eat.

SNAP is the single largest program directed at curbing hunger. This one program puts food into the hands of nearly 42 million Americans. Nearly half of all SNAP recipients are under the age of 18.

Client Spotlight:
Rose's Story
Rose remembers what it’s like to go hungry. She grew up in a family of eight children, and even though her mother worked hard to provide, she often couldn’t make ends meet. When the family ran out of food, Rose turned to relatives and friends for help. When that help wasn’t available, she would go hungry.
“Sometimes all I could do was go to sleep so school would come faster,” Rose said. “Because at school, there’s was always lunch and we could eat.”
Rose’s childhood experience is part of the reason why she’s passionate about feeding people facing hunger in her community today. In addition to working a regular job, Rose runs the food pantry at her church and has been since it started more than two years ago.
“In our community, there are so many people in need,” Rose said, “including so many children. When the children come through the pantry and get really excited about basic food, it makes you realize that they don’t have a lot – and it’s really touching to see how much of a difference you’re making in their lives.”
Beyond simply providing people with food, Rose has made it her personal mission to help the people she serves eat healthier food. She encourages people to try new foods, and provides recipes for them when they’re unsure of how to cook unfamiliar items. Rose says her local food bank has been instrumental in enabling her to provide healthier foods.
Additionally, Rose doesn’t just give her time to the food pantry, she donates her money as well – money that she earns as a manager at a local restaurant. “Many of us at the church give our own money to make sure we can run this pantry. That’s how much we care about it. Sometimes, we run out of food – we just don’t have enough and have to shut our doors. When that happens, we all reach into our own pockets until we find enough to buy more.”
“It’s important that people keep donating to our pantry and others,” Rose continued, “because the need is only increasing. And without places like this to turn to, people – including many children – will go hungry. We all need to do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
National AmeriCorps Week
March 12th - 16th was National AmeriCorps week and we would like to recognize the great work of our current National Service Members - Liz, Bailey and Jackie. These three women have committed to a year of service with the Lowcountry Food Bank and we are so very thankful to have them as part of our team fighting hunger in our community everyday.
by Andrew Peiffer
Originally from Long Island where she worked as a pharmacist, Leah has called Charleston home for 26 years. She and her husband raised a family here and, as her children grew up and moved out, Leah found herself with more free time. Looking for an opportunity to spend it productively, Leah began volunteering with the Lowcountry Food Bank in early 2017.

After helping in different areas of the Lowcountry Food Bank, Leah found a home in the Food Welcome Center. She is now a key member of a group of volunteers who come in each Wednesday to sort and repackage food that is donated from grocery stores and food drives. In a typical morning, Leah and her teammates can sort through approximately 4,000 pounds of product, helping to ensure the food we distribute is of high quality.

Leah enjoys helping and seeing people each week at the Food Bank, explaining, “the volunteers are nice, the employees are nice and the jobs aren’t hard to do.”

When she is not at the Lowcountry Food Bank, Leah enjoys gardening and volunteering for Camp Happy Days, which she helps with each year.

As Leah described, she comes to the Lowcountry Food Bank each week because, “you feel good when you leave, like you did something.”
Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Drive | Charleston, SC 29405