April 2019

Summer is the Most Challenging Time of the Year for Children Who are Food Insecure

Kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months. According to No Kid Hungry ® , 5 out of 6 kids who rely on free or reduced-price school meals aren't getting free meals in the summer.

During the 2016-17 school year, more than 22 million American children ate free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. But in the summer, only a fraction of that number—3 million children in 2017, according to the Food Research & Action Center— had access to free meals.

The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) meets the needs of food-insecure children in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks. This may include breakfast, lunch, snacks, and/or supper meals. 
 
Partnering with local nonprofits, elementary schools, and faith-based organizations, the LCFB prepared and served 79,721 meals, including more than 9,000 pounds of fresh produce, to children at 43 Summer Meals sites last summer. The LCFB's 1,600 square foot, full-scale Zucker Family Production Kitchen enables the LCFB to prepare nutritious meals on-site for numerous local Summer Meals sites; however, we need funding to ensure every child who is struggling with hunger in the summer has access to healthy, nutritious food.
Giving Tree Celebration Recognizes
Top 2018 Donors
The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) hosted a Giving Tree Ceremony on April 4th to honor its most generous donors from 2018. 

The ceremony took place at the LCFB Paul Hulsey Community Food and Nutrition Center. Donors who contributed $5,000 or more were recognized with a personalized apple on the Giving Tree display.

"This Giving Tree represents more than $3.4 million in donations. It represents those children, seniors and families who don't always know where their next meal is coming from," said Pat Walker, LCFB President and CEO. "Here's what your donations enabled us to do - we distributed more than 30.5 million pounds of food, with 8.6 million pounds of that being fresh produce last year."

The Lowcountry Food Bank extends its most sincere thanks to its donors for their support and generosity. It is because of donors' kindness that so many meals are provided to children, seniors and families facing hunger in coastal South Carolina.
In April 2019, Walmart is collecting donations for
Feeding America's member food banks.
More than $161,000 was donated to the
Lowcountry Food Bank last April from in-store
Walmart customer purchases.

Thanks, Walmart !


Check out how the Lowcountry Food Bank and its partners create community initiatives to distribute nutritious food to those in the Lowcountry who struggle with food insecurity.
During AmeriCorps Appreciation Week,
we celebrate our AmeriCorps volunteers
who serve on the Lowcountry Food Bank Nutrition Team!
Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Drive | Charleston, SC 29405
843.747.8146