Volume 09 | March 2018
Nutrition Education
by Jenny Reynolds
  March is National Nutrition Month! All across the country community members will join together to celebrate this year’s theme, Go Further with Food . The Lowcountry Food Bank's Nutrition Education Team is excited to join the festivities by challenging our clients, neighbors and partners to eat well and be well by eating more fruits and vegetables each day. To celebrate here in the Lowcountry, local senior centers will be tracking how many fruits and vegetables each senior eats; they will compete to win a prize for the most fruit and vegetable consumption! But guess what? There’s more! Be on the lookout for our Kids Café dancing fruit or vegetable drawing contest.

Healthy eating is not just a one month celebration or challenge. It is an important part of breaking the cycle of hunger and our staff works year-round to empower our community through Cooking Matters at the Store Tours and Cooking Matters Signature Courses . We empower our clients to go further not only with food, but also with their monthly food budget. Catch us throughout the ten coastal counties making nutrition education fun for all ages.
Giving Tree
March 23, 2018

The Lowcountry Food Bank's Giving Tree recognizes our most generous donors each year. Donors who contribute $5,000 or more during the previous year are recognized with a personalized apple on the Giving Tree. To celebrate this generous support in 2018, the apples will be placed on the Giving Tree at a ceremony on March 23 in the lobby of our main facility in Charleston, the Paul Hulsey Community Food and Nutrition Center.
Client Spotlight:
Kim's Story
When my husband, Brian, got a job with a company many years ago, we figured we had hit the jackpot. He earned enough so that I only had to work part time and could focus the rest of my time on raising our five growing daughters.

As it turned out, "forever" wasn't in the cards for Brian's company. The company went under and the factory where Brian worked closed; everyone lost their jobs. Just like that, we went from having more than enough to wondering where we would get our next meal. Looking back on it, I can still say that winter was one of the toughest of our lives.

We learned about the food pantry from a resource meeting held for all of the newly unemployed workers. It was tough for my husband to ask for help, but I knew that we had to do it to feed our girls.

Our entire family is appreciative of the help we've received from the food pantry. We're appreciative of the food and we're appreciative of the friendly smiles and greetings we received each time we walked through the door. The food pantry played a huge role in getting my family through a really tough time and I'm thankful it was there when we needed it most.
Click on the Food Lion picture and vote for the Lowcountry Food Bank this week. Your vote will help us win meals for our Lowcountry neighbors.
Cooper River Bridge Run
April 7, 2018
The Cooper River Bridge Run is right around the corner, but it's not too late to sign up! Register here . Stay fit while helping children, seniors and families in our community who are food insecure. The Lowcountry Food Bank is one of the charities of choice for this year's race. You can make a difference by joining the fight against hunger and participating in Charleston's world-class 10K race. Click here for more information.
Wine Tasting Tuesdays
at FortyEight - A Wine Bar
Every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. throughout the month of March, wine distributors and wineries will come out to FortyEight at Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island to offer tastings of their newest & best selling wines. Tastings are free with a cash donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank. For the months of May, June & July, tastings will be offered on Thursdays as well.
March Schedule:
03/06/18 - Country Vinther 
03/13/18 - Klinker Brick
03/20/18 - Mira Winery
04/10/18 - Vino Del Sol
Comcast donates $37,500 to the Lowcountry Food Bank
Comcast presented a check for $37,500 to the Lowcountry Food Bank which will create 225,000 meals for children, seniors and families who are food insecure in coastal South Carolina. The presentation took place at the Lowcountry Food Bank on Tuesday, February 27th.

"As a company, we have always focused on finding ways to support the communities in which we live and work," said Doug Guthrie, Regional SVP at Comcast. "We are proud to partner with the Lowcountry Food Bank to make this important announcement, and hope this will help make a difference in the lives of those in need."

Fourth Annual Myrtle Beach Craft Benefit collects
for the
Lowcountry Food Bank
On Sunday, February 11th, the Myrtle Beach Craft Benefit raised $1,600 and over 4,500 pounds of food for the Lowcountry Food Bank. Nearly 100 vendors sold their handmade crafts at this annual event held in Market Commons at The Robert Reed Recreation Center.

“Most people find that during Thanksgiving and Christmas, there’s a lot of giving and a lot of food, but come February, there’s nothing - and there’s still the unemployment,” said craft benefit founder and organizer, Mickey Davis.

Thank you for helping fight hunger in our community!
Agency Locator now available!
The Lowcountry Food Bank has compiled a list of agencies throughout coastal South Carolina. Finding help will now be easier than ever! Just click here to find the pantry nearest you.
Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Drive | Charleston, SC 29405