Lowcountry Food Bank

Programs & Services

 

 

The Benefit Bank

Together, the Benefit Bank of South Carolina and the LCFB provide SNAP outreach for individuals and families across the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina.  For free application support for SNAP, Medicare, Medicaid, and tax assistance, please contact the LCFB's Benefit Bank Counselors:

Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties:
Evelyn Owens, at 843.747.8146, ext. 103
Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton counties:
Toni Kimble, at 843.870.0766
Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties:
Barbara Miller, at 843.448.0341.


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Childhood Hunger Programs

In order to significantly impact childhood hunger in coastal South Carolina, the LCFB launched its first sponsored Kids Cafe program in 2000; in 2006 BackPack Buddies was launched and the Summer Feeding initiative and the School Pantry program soon followed. Read MORE >>>

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Senior Grocery Program

The Lowcountry Food Bank first piloted its Senior Grocery Program in the spring of 2013 to address the specific problem of hunger among older adults in the Lowcountry. The program currently serves 5 senior housing facilities and community centers (both urban and rural) and distributes more than 180 boxes of food each month. One senior can be sponsored for an entire year for about $200. Read more >>>

Government Feeding Programs

Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
July 2003 marks the first ever Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in South Carolina. In partnership with the SC Department of Social Services, the LCFB distributes USDA food commodities to Women, Infant and Children (WIC) participants and the elderly living on Food Stamps. The program is currently available in Berkeley, Charleston, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the LCFB is the sole distributor of USDA products to the poor and hungry in coastal South Carolina. This relationship with the SC Department of Social Services provides better quality food on a more consistent schedule, greatly reduces barriers to access, and saves the taxpayer money by distributing these government commodities to the ten coastal counties of South Carolina.For more information about the TEFAP and CSFP programs, please visit the SC Department of Social Services Healthy Helpings website.

 

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

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Grassroots Network of Member Agencies

The LCFB maintains formal contractual agreements with more than 320 member agencies in coastal South Carolina. Member agencies include after-school programs, faith-based organizations, shelters, food pantries, children's homes, soup kitchens, and low-income senior centers. The process of becoming a member agency adheres to the highest selection standards. These standards are continuously reiterated to the existing and prospective member agencies through quarterly agency meetings, an annual agency survey, monthly meal reports, site visits, and an annual Community Development Conference.

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Growing Food Locally

In partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, and Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and Clemson University, the LCFB operates the Growing Food Locally program in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. Primarily serving a perishable foods supplier and distribution function for regional emergency food providers, the Growing Food Locally program is designed to help small-scale farming enterprises become profitable through professional training, free consultations, small pay advances, and a guaranteed safety net purchase of pre-selected crops. Since 2007, the GFL program has produced more than 1,000,000 pounds of fresh produce available to the LCFB's network of rural, sponsored feeding programs.

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Food Works

The Food Works program functions under three pillars - Cook, Teach, Nourish - and since its launch in January 2011, it has done just that. Through the Zucker Family Production Kitchen and the Food Works program, meals are produced for children in our Kids Cafe program, and for seniors through our partnership with East Cooper Meals on Wheels and Charleston Area Seniors. Food Works Executive Chef, Kimberly Ortego and a team of culinary apprentices produce more than 5,000 meals a week. Read more about the Food Works program and see how you can get involved!

Food Works Executive Chef, Kimberly Ortego Kuver instructs her 2nd class of apprentices in the Zucker Family Production Kitchen

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Nutrition Education

Since 2005, the LCFB has worked diligently to improve its internal capacity to increase distribution of nutritious foods, and to provide nutrition outreach services and education to its network of member agencies. The LCFB's Board of Directors adopted a nutrition strategy that is allowing the organization to conduct a targeted campaign to provide solutions to the economic and health problems associated with poor food choices in coastal South Carolina. The LCFB is collaborating with and communicating this message to its network of member agencies by designing projects to educate and encourage agencies to promote healthy eating among their clients. In addition to developing and implementing tools to evaluate the LCFB's nutrition programs, the LCFB's full time Nutrition Educator 1) provides a variety of educational training techniques (i.e. healthy eating seminars and the publication of quarterly newsletters);  2) administers ServSafe Food Safety training and testing for the LCFB's member agencies (mandatory requirement for all LCFB agencies); and 3) manages all Cooking Matters classes throughout the service area.

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Regional Food Centers (Beaufort County and Grand Strand)

The LCFB began its operations by distributing food from a 10,000 square-foot, rented building in Ladson, South Carolina, to a handful of local faith-based and nonprofit agencies serving low-income populations. In March 1998, the LCFB moved its operations to a 37,000 square-foot, rent-free distribution center in North Charleston , located on the former Naval Base. In 1999, the LCFB distributed 1.7 million pounds of food, more than a 123% increase over the previous years. The LCFB's membership also grew dramatically by 104% reaching a total of 196 local faith-based and nonprofit agencies served in the ten coastal counties of South Carolina . In order to provide better access to food resources for rural faith-based and nonprofit agencies operating Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, the LCFB opened its 6,500 square-foot regional food center in Yemassee in 2000. The success of the regional food center in Beaufort prompted the LCFB to establish a 9,300 square-foot regional food center in Myrtle Beach to provide food resources to local faith-based and nonprofit agencies serving Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties. In 2013, the LCFB will distribute 19 million pounds of food to a network of more than 320 faith-based and nonprofit food programs in coastal South Carolina .

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Programs & Services

 

 

The Benefit Bank

Together, the Benefit Bank of South Carolina and the LCFB provide SNAP outreach for individuals and families across the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina.  For free application support for SNAP, Medicare, Medicaid, and tax assistance, please contact the LCFB's Benefit Bank Counselors:

Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties:
Evelyn Owens, at 843.747.8146, ext. 103
Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton counties:
Toni Kimble, at 843.870.0766
Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties:
Barbara Miller, at 843.448.0341.


Return To Top


 

Childhood Hunger Programs

In order to significantly impact childhood hunger in coastal South Carolina, the LCFB launched its first sponsored Kids Cafe program in 2000; in 2006 BackPack Buddies was launched and the Summer Feeding initiative and the School Pantry program soon followed. Read MORE >>>

Return To Top

Senior Grocery Program

The Lowcountry Food Bank first piloted its Senior Grocery Program in the spring of 2013 to address the specific problem of hunger among older adults in the Lowcountry. The program currently serves 5 senior housing facilities and community centers (both urban and rural) and distributes more than 180 boxes of food each month. One senior can be sponsored for an entire year for about $200. Read more >>>

Government Feeding Programs

Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
July 2003 marks the first ever Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in South Carolina. In partnership with the SC Department of Social Services, the LCFB distributes USDA food commodities to Women, Infant and Children (WIC) participants and the elderly living on Food Stamps. The program is currently available in Berkeley, Charleston, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the LCFB is the sole distributor of USDA products to the poor and hungry in coastal South Carolina. This relationship with the SC Department of Social Services provides better quality food on a more consistent schedule, greatly reduces barriers to access, and saves the taxpayer money by distributing these government commodities to the ten coastal counties of South Carolina.For more information about the TEFAP and CSFP programs, please visit the SC Department of Social Services Healthy Helpings website.

 

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

Return To Top

Grassroots Network of Member Agencies

The LCFB maintains formal contractual agreements with more than 320 member agencies in coastal South Carolina. Member agencies include after-school programs, faith-based organizations, shelters, food pantries, children's homes, soup kitchens, and low-income senior centers. The process of becoming a member agency adheres to the highest selection standards. These standards are continuously reiterated to the existing and prospective member agencies through quarterly agency meetings, an annual agency survey, monthly meal reports, site visits, and an annual Community Development Conference.

Return To Top

Growing Food Locally

In partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, and Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and Clemson University, the LCFB operates the Growing Food Locally program in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. Primarily serving a perishable foods supplier and distribution function for regional emergency food providers, the Growing Food Locally program is designed to help small-scale farming enterprises become profitable through professional training, free consultations, small pay advances, and a guaranteed safety net purchase of pre-selected crops. Since 2007, the GFL program has produced more than 1,000,000 pounds of fresh produce available to the LCFB's network of rural, sponsored feeding programs.

Return To Top

Food Works

The Food Works program functions under three pillars - Cook, Teach, Nourish - and since its launch in January 2011, it has done just that. Through the Zucker Family Production Kitchen and the Food Works program, meals are produced for children in our Kids Cafe program, and for seniors through our partnership with East Cooper Meals on Wheels and Charleston Area Seniors. Food Works Executive Chef, Kimberly Ortego and a team of culinary apprentices produce more than 5,000 meals a week. Read more about the Food Works program and see how you can get involved!

Food Works Executive Chef, Kimberly Ortego Kuver instructs her 2nd class of apprentices in the Zucker Family Production Kitchen

Return To Top

Nutrition Education

Since 2005, the LCFB has worked diligently to improve its internal capacity to increase distribution of nutritious foods, and to provide nutrition outreach services and education to its network of member agencies. The LCFB's Board of Directors adopted a nutrition strategy that is allowing the organization to conduct a targeted campaign to provide solutions to the economic and health problems associated with poor food choices in coastal South Carolina. The LCFB is collaborating with and communicating this message to its network of member agencies by designing projects to educate and encourage agencies to promote healthy eating among their clients. In addition to developing and implementing tools to evaluate the LCFB's nutrition programs, the LCFB's full time Nutrition Educator 1) provides a variety of educational training techniques (i.e. healthy eating seminars and the publication of quarterly newsletters);  2) administers ServSafe Food Safety training and testing for the LCFB's member agencies (mandatory requirement for all LCFB agencies); and 3) manages all Cooking Matters classes throughout the service area.

Return To Top

Regional Food Centers (Beaufort County and Grand Strand)

The LCFB began its operations by distributing food from a 10,000 square-foot, rented building in Ladson, South Carolina, to a handful of local faith-based and nonprofit agencies serving low-income populations. In March 1998, the LCFB moved its operations to a 37,000 square-foot, rent-free distribution center in North Charleston , located on the former Naval Base. In 1999, the LCFB distributed 1.7 million pounds of food, more than a 123% increase over the previous years. The LCFB's membership also grew dramatically by 104% reaching a total of 196 local faith-based and nonprofit agencies served in the ten coastal counties of South Carolina . In order to provide better access to food resources for rural faith-based and nonprofit agencies operating Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, the LCFB opened its 6,500 square-foot regional food center in Yemassee in 2000. The success of the regional food center in Beaufort prompted the LCFB to establish a 9,300 square-foot regional food center in Myrtle Beach to provide food resources to local faith-based and nonprofit agencies serving Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties. In 2013, the LCFB will distribute 19 million pounds of food to a network of more than 320 faith-based and nonprofit food programs in coastal South Carolina .

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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!!

Take Action

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.

LCFB Offers SNAP Enrollment Assistance 

The Lowcountry Food Bank is proud to be an affiliate of the Benefit Bank of South Carolina! Our on-site Benefit Bank Counselors assist families with SNAP enrollment and many other federal programs.  To make an appointment and learn more, click here.