Lowcountry Food Bank

Starting a Food Drive

Thousands of Lowcountry residents, schools, churches, and businesses generously donate food to the Lowcountry Food Bank each year through a variety of corporate, civic, and holiday food drives.

What is a Food Drive?

A food drive is a concentrated effort to collect non-perishable food in a certain time period. You and/or your organization will work with the Lowcountry Food Bank in coordinating your organization's food drive. When planning a food drive, here are some important questions to ask yourself:

Common Questions to ask yourself before starting a Food Drive:

  1. What dates do you want your Food Drive to occur?
  2. Do you want the Food Drive to have a theme, such as Help the Hungry ?
  3. Do you have containers to put food in or do you need some barrels from the Food Bank?
  4. Where are you going to place your containers to collect food (in each classroom, in the lunch room, in the office, etc.)
  5. How will you let people know about the Food Drive? (daily announcements, flyers, posters, newsletters, etc.)
  6. Will there be an incentive for participants?
  7. Is there a designated person who will deliver the food to the Food Bank or does the Food Bank need to pick up the food at the end of the Food Drive?

How is the food collected?
Place food drive containers in central areas that are easily accessible. The Lowcountry Food Bank has barrels (55 gallon fiberboard drums) that can be borrowed for your food drive. Each barrel will hold between 100 and 150 pounds of food. If you will need barrels, please notify the Lowcountry Food Bank at the beginning of your food drive by calling or emailing our Food Resource Manager,James Atkins, at (843) 747-8146, ext. 111.

How is the food transported?
Please consider assisting the Lowcountry Food Bank in lowering its fuel and manpower costs by making arrangements for your organization to pick-up supplies and delivering the food collected if at all possible. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. However, if the amount of food is too great to be transported by car, please contact us for a pick-up (please allow a minimum 24 hour notice) by calling or emailing our Food Resource Manager,James Atkins at (843) 747-8146, ext. 111.

Are you ready to start your own food drive?
We hope so! Here are the steps to get you well on your way!

Register your food drive with the Lowcountry Food Bank
Promote your food drive with a food drive poster
Use our list of most needed items to help make a greater impact

 

All donations made to the Lowcountry Food Bank March 1st through April 30th will be included in consideration for a match from the Feinstein Foundation!

 

More Useful Information:

Food Drive Items that support the Lowcountry Food Bank's Nutrition Initiative

Protein Products

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned chicken,salmon or tuna in water
  • Canned sardines in water
  • Low-salt/no-salt canned beans
  • Dried lentils & beans
  • Shelf stable soy milk

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Low-salt/no-salt canned vegetables
  • Low-sugar/sugar free canned fruit
  • Low sodium pasta sauces

Bread, Flour & Cereals

  • Brown rice (regular, parboiled, etc)
  • Whole wheat, multigrain pastas
  • 100% Whole grain cereals
  • Rolled oats
  • Reduced sugar instant oatmeal
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Instant yeast

 

Snacks

  • Sugar free jello
  • Sugar free puddings (shelf stable)
  • Rice cakes
  • Reduced fat cookies (any variety)
  • Reduced sugar/sugar free cookies
  • Dried fruit (prunes, raisins, cranberries, apples, pineapples)
  • 100% Whole wheat crackers

Dried Herbs with no Salt

  • Celery Seed
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Dill
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Curry Powder
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper

Miscellaneous

  • Fat free cooking sprays
  • Canola oil
  • Olive oil
  • Molasses
  • Low fat/fat free mayonnaise
  • Mustards
  • Sugar free preserves/jellies
  • Caffeine free herbal teas
  • Bottled lemon and/or lime juice
  • Flavored vinegars
  • Molasses
  • Low fat/fat free salad dressings

 

Dairy Products

  • Non-fat dry milk
  • Low fat/skim evaporated milk
  • Low fat/skim condensed milk

Starting a Food Drive

Thousands of Lowcountry residents, schools, churches, and businesses generously donate food to the Lowcountry Food Bank each year through a variety of corporate, civic, and holiday food drives.

What is a Food Drive?

A food drive is a concentrated effort to collect non-perishable food in a certain time period. You and/or your organization will work with the Lowcountry Food Bank in coordinating your organization's food drive. When planning a food drive, here are some important questions to ask yourself:

Common Questions to ask yourself before starting a Food Drive:

  1. What dates do you want your Food Drive to occur?
  2. Do you want the Food Drive to have a theme, such as Help the Hungry ?
  3. Do you have containers to put food in or do you need some barrels from the Food Bank?
  4. Where are you going to place your containers to collect food (in each classroom, in the lunch room, in the office, etc.)
  5. How will you let people know about the Food Drive? (daily announcements, flyers, posters, newsletters, etc.)
  6. Will there be an incentive for participants?
  7. Is there a designated person who will deliver the food to the Food Bank or does the Food Bank need to pick up the food at the end of the Food Drive?

How is the food collected?
Place food drive containers in central areas that are easily accessible. The Lowcountry Food Bank has barrels (55 gallon fiberboard drums) that can be borrowed for your food drive. Each barrel will hold between 100 and 150 pounds of food. If you will need barrels, please notify the Lowcountry Food Bank at the beginning of your food drive by calling or emailing our Food Resource Manager,James Atkins, at (843) 747-8146, ext. 111.

How is the food transported?
Please consider assisting the Lowcountry Food Bank in lowering its fuel and manpower costs by making arrangements for your organization to pick-up supplies and delivering the food collected if at all possible. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. However, if the amount of food is too great to be transported by car, please contact us for a pick-up (please allow a minimum 24 hour notice) by calling or emailing our Food Resource Manager,James Atkins at (843) 747-8146, ext. 111.

Are you ready to start your own food drive?
We hope so! Here are the steps to get you well on your way!

Register your food drive with the Lowcountry Food Bank
Promote your food drive with a food drive poster
Use our list of most needed items to help make a greater impact

 

All donations made to the Lowcountry Food Bank March 1st through April 30th will be included in consideration for a match from the Feinstein Foundation!

 

More Useful Information:

Food Drive Items that support the Lowcountry Food Bank's Nutrition Initiative

Protein Products

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned chicken,salmon or tuna in water
  • Canned sardines in water
  • Low-salt/no-salt canned beans
  • Dried lentils & beans
  • Shelf stable soy milk

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Low-salt/no-salt canned vegetables
  • Low-sugar/sugar free canned fruit
  • Low sodium pasta sauces

Bread, Flour & Cereals

  • Brown rice (regular, parboiled, etc)
  • Whole wheat, multigrain pastas
  • 100% Whole grain cereals
  • Rolled oats
  • Reduced sugar instant oatmeal
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Instant yeast

 

Snacks

  • Sugar free jello
  • Sugar free puddings (shelf stable)
  • Rice cakes
  • Reduced fat cookies (any variety)
  • Reduced sugar/sugar free cookies
  • Dried fruit (prunes, raisins, cranberries, apples, pineapples)
  • 100% Whole wheat crackers

Dried Herbs with no Salt

  • Celery Seed
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Dill
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Curry Powder
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper

Miscellaneous

  • Fat free cooking sprays
  • Canola oil
  • Olive oil
  • Molasses
  • Low fat/fat free mayonnaise
  • Mustards
  • Sugar free preserves/jellies
  • Caffeine free herbal teas
  • Bottled lemon and/or lime juice
  • Flavored vinegars
  • Molasses
  • Low fat/fat free salad dressings

 

Dairy Products

  • Non-fat dry milk
  • Low fat/skim evaporated milk
  • Low fat/skim condensed milk

Children at Risk of Hunger in Every County

More than 1,000 counties in our nation have more than one in four children at risk of hunger. Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study shows that children struggle with hunger throughout our country.  See what South Carolina's face of hunger looks like by learning more!!

Take Action

Together we can end hunger! Each day the LCFB advocates on behalf of the 220,000 families, children and elderly we serve throughout our 10 county service area. We need your help!  Feeding America's Hunger Action Center is a great way to get involved and please click here for the latest local and statewide efforts.

LCFB Offers SNAP Enrollment Assistance 

The Lowcountry Food Bank is proud to be an affiliate of the Benefit Bank of South Carolina! Our on-site Benefit Bank Counselors assist families with SNAP enrollment and many other federal programs.  To make an appointment and learn more, click here.