Food insecurity is when people can’t access the food they need to live their fullest lives. Food insecurity is an official term from the USDA and is a measurement that we use to identify the places where food is most needed across our service area. In the post-COVID era, food insecurity rates remain high due to inflation, the reduction in food assistance benefits, and the increased cost of living. Using ArcGIS mapping technology, we are able to better identify pockets of increased food insecurity and develop strategies for service to help meet our neighbors’ needs. 

    This article was originally published in our 2023 Annual Impact Report. View the full report here.

    About the Lowcountry Food Bank: Feed. Advocate. Empower.

    The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 42 million pounds of food in 2023. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 240 partner agencies including on-site meal programs, homeless shelters, and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of those who experience hunger and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information, visit the Lowcountry Food Bank website.