The Junior League of Charleston is volunteering over the course of the 2019-2020 school year at the Lowcountry Food Bank, (LCFB) whose mission is to lead the fight against hunger in coastal South Carolina. The Junior League focuses their efforts at the LCFB on the BackPack Buddies program, which helps alleviate weekend hunger for children who are at risk of food insecurity in Berkeley and Charleston counties. Each school year, more than 700 children in these counties are identified as experiencing homelessness. This program helps alleviate hunger among this vulnerable population.
The Junior League is volunteering nine times at the LCFB during the school year and will assemble 13,400 packs for children through April 2019. Between 15-25 Junior League volunteers participate in each packing session. The Junior League is also contributing $4,000 during the school year to support the BackPack Buddies program.
“We are so thankful to the Junior League of Charleston for helping feed so many children during the school year,” said Pat Walker, Lowcountry Food Bank President and CEO. “They consistently help alleviate weekend hunger among a vulnerable population of schoolchildren through the distribution of nutritious, kid-friendly food. We appreciate that the Junior League helps keep our kids focused on learning.”
The BackPack Buddies program meets the needs of food insecure children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when school meals are not available. The program operates in 50 schools and Lowcountry Food Bank partner sites throughout the 10 counties of coastal South Carolina, serving nearly 3,700 children every week during the school year.