Adult and Child Hunger Initiatives
Research shows that children with regular access to nutritious food have higher grades and test scores, better attendance, and improved school behavior. At Lowcountry Food Bank, we are working to end child hunger in coastal South Carolina through a range of innovative programs.
School Market provides students and their families the opportunity to select food items to take home. These permanent pantries are located in schools and promote a dignified service experience for our food insecure neighbors.
School Pantry reaches children and their families through monthly distributions of shelf-stable food boxes that are often scheduled around PTA meetings, performances, other school events, or distributed on an as-needed basis.
BackPack Buddies is designed to fight weekend hunger. Thousands of children in our community rely on free or reduced meals they receive at school. BackPack Buddies helps to fill the meal gap on weekends and holidays. Children at partner schools who experience hunger are enrolled in the program and receive a backpack containing nutritious food to eat each Friday during the school year.
Learn more about how we serve food-insecure children in after-school programs by visit our webpage dedicated to The Zucker Family Production Kitchen.
Our summer meals program meets the needs of food-insecure children by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months. Learn more about our summer meals initiative by visiting The Zucker Family Production Kitchen page.
Food for Health
A food-insecure individual has an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, stroke, mental health problems, depression, and other chronic conditions. These risks, the outcomes of these diseases, and their associated costs can be greatly improved by consistent access to nourishing foods. Lowcountry Food Bank believes that working alongside our healthcare partners to improve our neighbors’ access to the nutritious foods they need to thrive is integral to improving health outcomes and decreasing costs associated with poor health.
The efforts of our Food for Health initiative aim to alleviate some barriers to food security. Addressing this social determinant of health is important for improving health outcomes, reducing health care costs, and improving long-standing disparities in health and healthcare.
Learn more about Food for Health by reading our position paper.
Many seniors who have worked their entire lives are now faced with hardships and difficult choices. Some seniors suffer from serious health problems, others are no longer able to drive, and some live on fixed incomes. We produce nutritious meals for seniors in our area who experience hunger through partnerships with local organizations, including East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Summerville Meals on Wheels, Charleston Area Senior Center, Help of Beaufort, and First Scots Presbyterian Church.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), often called “the senior box program”, is a federal program serving low-income seniors with a monthly box of nutritious food. Lowcountry Food Bank partners with churches and nonprofit organizations to serve qualifying seniors in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. In addition to shelf-stable commodity foods such as canned fruit, vegetables, meat, cereal and juice, Lowcountry Food Bank provides about five pounds of fresh produce to each recipient.
To speak with a staff member about CSFP, please call 843-747-8146 ext.103
Through our partnerships with Patriot Villas, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, and Lowcountry Veterans Home, we deliver nutritious meals and provide fresh produce to veterans who may need a little help to get back on their feet.