Volume 11 | JUNE 2018

LCFB Summer Meals Program
Kicks Off at Haut Gap
The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) kicked off its Summer Meals Program at Haut Gap Middle School on Johns Island on May 22. The kick off included a barbecue dinner, fresh fruits and vegetables and an abundance of activities for kids and their families who will utilize the Summer Meals program.
The LCFB Summer Meals Program serves children who face hunger during the summer when school meals are not available. During the school year, the National School Lunch Program plays a pivotal role in fighting childhood hunger. Nearly 80% of children who attend public schools on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Many of these children dread the last day of school because they will face a summer of hunger instead of fun.
The summer meals are prepared in the LCFB's Zucker Family Production Kitchen. More than 67,000 meals and 3,000 pounds of fresh produce are prepared daily and served to children at 43 Summer Meals sites throughout coastal South Carolina. The sites are chosen based on their accessibility and capacity to serve the children who need the meals most.
The Summer Meals Program enables the LCFB to provide year-round hunger relief services to children in our community. During the school year, the LCFB partners with public schools to provide essential meals to children and their families through the BackPack Buddies, Kids Café and School Pantry programs.

The Summer Meals Program provides eight weeks of meal service beginning in June and continuing through the first week of August.

Kids and teens in our community who may not have access to meals during the summer can get a healthy, delicious meal in a fun and safe place! Text 'FOOD' to 877-877 to find free summer meals in the Lowcountry.
Maura, Ellie, Maddie and Allyson hosted a virtual
Sweet 16 Birthday for a Cause drive
to fight hunger in the Lowcountry.
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for Father's Day
LCFB Partner Agency -
Catholic Charities of Charleston
Addresses Community Hunger
with a Wellness Pantry
The LCFB and its partnering food pantries work to address food insecurity in coastal South Carolina. Food insecurity is the limited access to nutritious and safe food.

42% of the clients the LCFB serves have someone in their household with diabetes and 70% have someone with high blood pressure. To address the connection of hunger and poor health outcomes, the LCFB began implementing Wellness Pantries in 2017, which are part of the LCFB Healthy Foods Initiative.

As designated Wellness Pantries, LCFB partner agencies support the health and well-being of their clients through their pantry environment and educational opportunities.

Catholic Charities of Charleston (CCC) began offering pantry items in a client choice environment in March 2017. CCC's Robyn Fick says, "I know that our clients like to choose their own groceries, and it also opens a dialogue about what kind of food they need that they may not be eating. It gives us an opportunity 'to shop with them' rather than hand them a bag of food they may not eating."

"This time of year there's a greater need for meals because school is out and there are no school meals," said Robyn. "And grandparents who provide childcare for their grandchildren during the summer have a greater need, too."

"Our clients love the Fresh Express distributions where they can choose fresh fruits and vegetables," said Robyn. "Even with many agencies now offering these distributions, they get a great turnout."

CCC also helps clients apply for benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and, if transportation is a barrier for them, CCC can sometimes supply clients with a bus ticket to their pantry. "We make kits for our homeless clients that can be easily prepared," Robyn added, "and for elderly clients, our pantry helps offset food costs so they can still buy medications they may need."
Leave a Legacy Gift to Fight Hunger
Have you considered leaving a legacy gift to fight hunger for years to come? The Lowcountry Food Bank leads the fight against hunger in coastal South Carolina by supplying food and nutrition education to children, families and seniors in the ten coastal counties in our community. The efforts are far reaching, efficient and impactful. Our work to end hunger is always evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities we serve, and so must our promise of support.

The long-term obligation to fight hunger in our community requires us to explore long-term financial commitments to support the work of the Lowcountry Food Bank. Through a legacy gift, you will enable us to continue to feed, advocate for and empower members of our community who deal with food insecurity for years to come.
Morgan Stanley
Helps Feed Children

Morgan Stanley employees volunteer around the world for 24 hours in June to help fight childhood hunger.
Employee Spotlight: Walt Gray
As Transportation Coordinator, Walt Gray helps maintain LCFB trucks and works with LCFB drivers to ensure the food routes are efficient and cohesive. "I do a little bit of everything," Walt says. "I drive routes when needed, and I help train new drivers and make sure they're road tested." Walt's department picks up food from LCFB retail partners, brings it to the LCFB recovery area and weighs it in. The food is then sorted and distributed as needed to reach people throughout coastal South Carolina who struggle with hunger. Walt has been with the LCFB for seven years. He has been married for 30 years and has two children and four grandchildren.  Walt says his goal is to "work myself out of a job where no one is hungry anymore."
Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Drive | Charleston, SC 29405