The Lowcountry Food Bank Needs Increased Support During COVID-19

With our network of community partners, the Lowcountry Food Bank has a proud history of responding to crises and supporting our neighbors who struggle with hunger – every day of the year.

For our neighbors, who are already facing food insecurity, being quarantined to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 means the very real danger of lost wages, further difficulty accessing food, and an increased reliance on the Food Bank to fill their plates. With school closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the disproportionate impact on seniors and low-income families, we know the number of people in need will continue to grow.

COVID-19 has brought a tremendous increase in the demands on the Food Bank and our partner agencies. We immediately adjusted our business model due to drastic declines in retail food donations, social distancing limitations on volunteer efforts, and the need for low-contact distributions. We will continue torespond to the COVID-19 crisis throughout our community as needs arise, and we are working hard to reach everyone in need.

We are in this together, and we will continue to need our community’s help! In the last few weeks alone, we have experienced a drastic decline in donated food and have expensed over $500,000 on food and transportation. We know that these expenses will continue to increase as the situation evolves, and we will continue to need monetary and volunteer support to meet the needs of those in our community who are facing hunger. Please visit lowcountryfoodbank.org/covid19/ to give or find resources for yourself or a loved one.

Thank you for supporting our community during this unprecedented time!

 

Pat Walker

President and CEO

Lowcountry Food Bank

 

To donate to COVID-19 food relief efforts, visit  https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/covid19/

 

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