www.lowcountryfoodbank.org

Serves: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg counties.

The Lowcountry Food Bank's (LCFB) mission is to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to faith-based nonprofit agencies serving the poor (i.e. - food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens), and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger.  The LCFB is a member of Feeding America and since its inception in 1983, has been the sole clearinghouse for both donated food and USDA food products in coastal SC.  The LCFB began its operations by distributing food from a 10,000 sq. ft. rented building in Ladson, South Carolina, to a handful of local emergency feeding agencies. By 1999, the organization's capacity increased dramatically, as in that year the LCFB distributed 1.7 million pounds of food to a total of 196 local faith-based and nonprofit agencies.

In order to provide better access to food resources for rural nonprofit agencies, in areas far afield from Charleston, the LCFB opened its first regional food center (RFC) in Yemassee (Beaufort County), SC, in 2000, and then a second RFC in Myrtle Beach in 2002.  Since 2000, the LCFB experienced and exponential growth and by 2008, the organization was distributing an annual total of 10 million pounds of food. In order to accommodate the rapidly growing distribution numbers, the LCFB moved into the 60,000 sq. ft. Paul Hulsey Community Food and Nutrition Center in Charleston in November 2008, nearly doubling the size of its main distribution center.  This facility is replete with a high-tech warehouse facility, volunteer and community centers, and a full-scale Production Kitchen and Repackaging Center.  By the end of 2011, the LCFB nearly doubled the amount of food it distributed in three years, providing nearly 19 million pounds of food to over 300 partner agencies.  These agencies now provide food assistance; it is estimated, to over 200,000 coastal South Carolinians annually.

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