Advocate for a Hunger-Free Lowcountry
Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of those who experience food insecurity. We take the lead to increase awareness about hunger issues and help educate our community about the social and policy issues that surround food insecurity, such as federal and state policies and agricultural and nutrition programs.
Hunger is a national crisis, although it is often hidden. Lowcountry Food Bank aligns with Feeding America’s national advocacy efforts to support federal nutrition programs that help children, seniors, low-income individuals, families, and veterans. We lead the fight against hunger in the Lowcountry.
We advocate for equitable food access for our neighbors throughout coastal South Carolina.
Fighting hunger requires community partners, donors, volunteers, and governmental agencies to work together. Not all communities have the federal, state, and local support they need to thrive. We believe state and local policies can directly impact equitable food access. We advocate for our neighbors who have been negatively impacted by outdated policies and systemic underrepresentation. We support universal free meals for school children, because when children have the nutrition they need, they thrive. We address transportation barriers that might otherwise keep those we serve from accessing food, and we ensure our food insecure neighbors are utilizing the food resources that are available, such as SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp program).
We reach out to elected officials at the state and federal levels to support legislation that bolsters hunger policies.
Federal nutrition programs matter. A child who cannot rely on dinner at home is assured an after-school meal because of our Kids Café Program. A working mother who is working hard to make ends meet knows she can get help to feed her family through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Federal food programs are only as strong as the support they receive on Capitol Hill. As a member of the national Feeding America network that works every day to protect and expand these vital programs, we work to ensure everyone in the Lowcountry has access to healthy food. We meet with our elected officials, sign on to letters that support hunger legislation as a part of the food banking community, and we are members of local coalitions that address the root causes of hunger.