The Lowcountry Food Bank, whose mission is to fight hunger in coastal South Carolina, announced today that it will conduct a second food distribution for federal employees who are furloughed or who are working as essential employees but not getting currently paid and in need of food.
The food distribution, a Fresh for All, will take place on Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (or until the food supply is exhausted) at 65 Sycamore, Ave., Charleston, SC 29407 (in the old Food Lion parking lot in West Ashley). A Fresh for All is a farmer's-market style produce distribution, where individuals and families can choose fresh, nutritious foods that meet their needs. No food boxes or meals will be distributed at the Fresh for All event.
Additionally, the Lowcountry Food Bank has distributed shelf-stable food boxes to three of its partner food pantries to fill the food gap for federal workers who are affected by the partial government shutdown. Federal workers are encouraged to visit the pantries listed below (call first to confirm availability and hours), or the Lowcountry Food Bank located at 2864 Azalea Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., to obtain government shutdown relief boxes:
East Cooper Community Outreach:
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (843) 849-9220
1145 Six Mile Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Cathedral of Praise Bread Basket:
Monday-Friday 9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (843) 760-6116
3790 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
Helping Hands of Goose Creek:
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (843) 533-7132
104 B Commerce Place, Goose Creek, SC 29455
The Lowcountry Food Bank is also accepting monetary donations that will be specifically designated to help federal workers fight hunger during the partial government shutdown. A dedicated web page has been created on the Lowcountry Food Bank website. Please click HERE to make a financial donation.
"We continue to monitor the partial government shutdown so we can fill the gaps," said Kathryn Douglas, Chief Development Officer, Lowcountry Food Bank. "We want to ensure we are feeding our neighbors in this time of need."
According to the USDA, SNAP benefits will continue through February, but food resource challenges for people who face food insecurity will increase if the partial government shutdown continues into March and beyond. The Lowcountry Food Bank considers resolution of the partial government shutdown an urgent matter.