Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Lowcountry Food Bank’s values of Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, and Stewardship guide our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work. In doing so we commit to:

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Provide Equitable Food Access

We commit to providing equitable access to nutritious food throughout our service area and will work to ensure fair food distribution to serve all our neighbors across the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. We believe food is a basic human right and know we must work on the disproportionate impact that food insecurity, and other inequities such as health, education, and economic opportunity, has on those who have been systemically marginalized. Using ARC GIS mapping technology, we are better able to assess the work we are doing. Hunger can be hard to see, but our map reveals the span of the problem and lets us know where help is most needed.

Intentional Listening and Learning to Advance EDI

We commit to being an active listener to individuals with lived and living expertise, always learning and being intentional in our EDI efforts. We will assess and revise our beliefs, policies, and procedures as needed to advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion among our staff, partners, and the neighbors we serve.

Commitment to Support Authenticity

We commit to foster a work environment where we celebrate our diversity and encourage staff to show up authentically. We work to earn the trust of our staff, partners, and the communities we serve and believe empathy for others should guide our daily and long-term efforts.

Find Real Solutions to Fight Hunger and Food Insecurity

We expect our community to hold us accountable and will work with, and draw from, the diversity of our community to confront and overcome hunger and food insecurity. Through our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, we support our vision to ending hunger in coastal South Carolina.

We are committed to the importance of the journey around equity, diversity and inclusion.

Monica Scott

Board Chair

Our EDI Commitment

We aim to be just and fair, inclusive of all cultures and foster a work environment where we celebrate diversity. In 2021, we added Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to our strategic plan, as well as one of our leadership team member’s roles and responsibilities. In addition, we have brought together a diverse group of staff to participate in an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Over the next year, with the support of an outside expert, LCFB will undergo an internal equity assessment, Board of Director and Management Team engagement, implicit bias training for staff, and the development of a longer-term plan and commitment for what is to come.

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