COVID-19 Response Update: Lowcountry Food Bank is Fully Operational and Continues to Serve Neighbors Who Struggle with Hunger

The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) is fully operational and serving neighbors who struggle with hunger. The LCFB is carefully monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 from state, regional and local authorities, including SC Emergency Management Division, Governor McMaster’s office, Feeding America and Feeding the Carolinas. 

The LCFB is always dedicated to providing equitable access to food for those who need it most, and we are continuing to support our community in this time of uncertainty by staying connected and engaged with our agency and food pantry partners.

The LCFB is adjusting its usual food distribution formats as needed, exactly as we would in the case of a hurricane or other natural disaster. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is currently no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 associated with food or water. 

The LCFB’s Disaster Response Team is meeting twice daily to ensure our community’s needs are being met as new developments unfold. The LCFB is utilizing CDC guidelines, social distancing, additional sanitizing and hand-washing practices to ensure the health and safety of those we serve, our partner agencies, volunteers, staff and community partners.

Currently, the LCFB has additional distributions, above and beyond our usual service, planned throughout our 10 coastal county service area to fill food and meal gaps.

Lowcountry Food Bank is ensuring the safe handling of food and distributions to our communities while assessing innovative ways to meet their evolving needs. The LCFB is

  • Diligently working with school districts to determine the food resource gaps and will continue to serve our weekend hunger relief program, Backpack Buddies, to students in need. 
  • Adjusting our distribution model to even safer methods, such as drive through models, to safeguard the health of our food pantry partner volunteers and the people we serve.
  • Working with community partners that serve veterans and seniors who have disrupted food services and ensuring their members receive food and additional resources.

The LCFB is prepared to serve people who may not usually visit a food bank, due to lost wages, school closings or medical hardship. For assistance finding food, go to the FIND HELP LCFB web page. To find current food and community resources available to the public and ways to volunteer, visit the LCFB website for a county-by-county listing of food distributions and school meal sites. To donate funds to enable the LCFB to purchase food and boxes and support additional food distributions during COVID-19, visit their COVID-19 Response web page.

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