July is traditionally a time of year when Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) Summer Meals participation decreases, even though thousands of children do not have enough food to eat on any given day during the summer. LCFB is serving free summer meals through mid-August and all children age 18 and under are welcome.
Please help Lowcountry Food Bank reach as many children as possible in our community and help them remind families of the importance and availability of summer meals. More information about food assistance is available on the LCFB website at https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/findhelp/.
The LCFB Summer Meals Program serves children who face hunger during the summer when school meals are not available. During the school year, the National School Lunch Program plays a pivotal role in fighting childhood hunger.
The majority of summer meals are prepared in the LCFB’s Zucker Family Production Kitchen. The program ensures children will receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and fresh produce throughout the summer totaling more than 54,000 meals including 3,000 pounds of fresh produce. The Summer Meal sites are chosen based on their accessibility and capacity to serve the children who need the meals most.
The Summer Meals Program enables the LCFB to provide year-round hunger relief services to children within our community. During the school year, the LCFB partners with public schools to provide essential meals to children and their families through the BackPack Buddies, Kids Café and School Pantry programs. Families are also able to receive food assistance at faith-based and non-profit organizations that partner with the LCFB. However, additional food resources are needed during the summer when school meals are not available, and the Summer Meals Program fulfills this need. The Summer Meals Program provides meal service beginning in June and continuing through mid-August.