Lowcountry Food Bank

Policies

The Lowcountry Food Bank is increasing the number of faith-based organizations and other agencies that use us as a source of food for feeding the needy, ill, and children. Why?

Because at the Food Bank donated dollars are potentially twenty times more valuable; because shared maintenance cost is never more than fourteen cents a pound; and because there is always a variety of name-brand items donated by manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to help combat hunger in the Lowcountry.

What Is a Food Bank and How Does It Work?
A food bank is a distribution center for donated food. It serves as the distribution point between manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and individuals with food to donate and the charitable organizations that wish to use this food to feed the needy in their area. All food at the food bank is donated. It is then in turn donated to the organizations which use it in their food assistance programs for those in need. All organizations that are members of the Food Bank must be either charitable organizations as determined by the IRS (501(c) (3) organizations) or faith-based.

Each member agency agrees to pay a fee called "Shared Maintenance Fee." Through Shared Maintenance, you are sharing the cost of providing food to the hungry of your community. The Shared Maintenance Fee for Food Bank food is never over 18 cents per pound. However, some food is 7 cents per pound, or 3 cents per pound, and some food and most produce is free. At the present time, the average Shared Maintenance Fee paid by our agencies is approximately 10 cents per pound. It costs the Food Bank an average of 23 cents per pound to get the food into the Food Bank. Shared Maintenance Fees account for only approximately 40% of the cost of getting food to our agencies.

As a member agency of the Food Bank, you partner with us and other member agencies, as well as with food producers and individuals, in the fight against hunger in the South Carolina Lowcountry. On our website, you will find valuable information on our application procedure including a comparison between grocery store purchases and Food Bank shopping.

Please look through our application form and other information and make the decision to increase the amount of food you distribute in your community while decreasing your costs through use of your local Food Bank. We invite you to visit us at the Lowcountry Food Bank any weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to see how we are already helping other agencies be more effective in fighting hunger in their communities.

If you have any questions related to the Application Process, Eligibility of Membership and/or necessary forms, please forward all of your questions to our Membership Department. Completed applications can be sent by mail or by fax to:

The Lowcountry Food Bank
Membership Department

2864 Azalea Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Tel: (843)747-8146

Fax: (843)747-8147
Email

Thank you for helping stamp out hunger in your community.

Policies

The Lowcountry Food Bank is increasing the number of faith-based organizations and other agencies that use us as a source of food for feeding the needy, ill, and children. Why?

Because at the Food Bank donated dollars are potentially twenty times more valuable; because shared maintenance cost is never more than fourteen cents a pound; and because there is always a variety of name-brand items donated by manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to help combat hunger in the Lowcountry.

What Is a Food Bank and How Does It Work?
A food bank is a distribution center for donated food. It serves as the distribution point between manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and individuals with food to donate and the charitable organizations that wish to use this food to feed the needy in their area. All food at the food bank is donated. It is then in turn donated to the organizations which use it in their food assistance programs for those in need. All organizations that are members of the Food Bank must be either charitable organizations as determined by the IRS (501(c) (3) organizations) or faith-based.

Each member agency agrees to pay a fee called "Shared Maintenance Fee." Through Shared Maintenance, you are sharing the cost of providing food to the hungry of your community. The Shared Maintenance Fee for Food Bank food is never over 18 cents per pound. However, some food is 7 cents per pound, or 3 cents per pound, and some food and most produce is free. At the present time, the average Shared Maintenance Fee paid by our agencies is approximately 10 cents per pound. It costs the Food Bank an average of 23 cents per pound to get the food into the Food Bank. Shared Maintenance Fees account for only approximately 40% of the cost of getting food to our agencies.

As a member agency of the Food Bank, you partner with us and other member agencies, as well as with food producers and individuals, in the fight against hunger in the South Carolina Lowcountry. On our website, you will find valuable information on our application procedure including a comparison between grocery store purchases and Food Bank shopping.

Please look through our application form and other information and make the decision to increase the amount of food you distribute in your community while decreasing your costs through use of your local Food Bank. We invite you to visit us at the Lowcountry Food Bank any weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to see how we are already helping other agencies be more effective in fighting hunger in their communities.

If you have any questions related to the Application Process, Eligibility of Membership and/or necessary forms, please forward all of your questions to our Membership Department. Completed applications can be sent by mail or by fax to:

The Lowcountry Food Bank
Membership Department

2864 Azalea Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Tel: (843)747-8146

Fax: (843)747-8147
Email

Thank you for helping stamp out hunger in your community.

Children at Risk of Hunger in Every County

More than 1,000 counties in our nation have more than one in four children at risk of hunger. Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study shows that children struggle with hunger throughout our country.  See what South Carolina's face of hunger looks like by learning more!!

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Together we can end hunger! Each day the LCFB advocates on behalf of the 220,000 families, children and elderly we serve throughout our 10 county service area. We need your help!  Feeding America's Hunger Action Center is a great way to get involved and please click here for the latest local and statewide efforts.

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