OUR CHARITY PARTNER
Mission: To lead the fight against hunger in our community
Guiding Principles: Feed. Advocate. Empower.
The service model is simple and cost-effective: the LCFB collects and inspects food products donated by manufacturers, food distributors, the government, supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers, and individuals then redistributes these food products to a grassroots network of partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, afterschool programs, low-income senior centers, and shelters. The LCFB is the only major clearinghouse for both donated food and USDA food programs in the region. The LCFB facility also houses the LCFB’s Zucker Family Production Kitchen, which produces meals for homebound seniors and the Kids Cafe after-school feeding program.
· Distributed over 25.6 million pounds of food in 2015.
· Serves 200,000 children, adults and seniors throughout the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina
· Every dollar donated creates 6 meals for our community
· 97% efficient - 97 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs; with 3 cents going to administration and fundraising
The LCFB operates a variety of hunger-relief initiatives, including:
The LCFB regularly feeds over 9,000 children through the Kids Cafe afterschool feeding program, BackPack Buddies weekend hunger-relief program, the Summer Feeding program, and the School Pantry program.
Through a partnership established with the Charleston County School District, the LCFB provides 120 hours of hands-on culinary experience and education in the LCFB’s commercial production kitchen to students at-risk of not graduating and many living in poverty.
FRESH FOR ALL
This program is a client choice, farmer's market-style produce distribution.
Each Fresh for All provides approximately 40 pounds of food assistance to families
The LCFB distributes over 2,100 boxes of food and produces approximately 4,500 meals each month for the low-income elderly.
The CM program helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. Staff volunteers and the community come together through cooking classes.
Hunger by the numbers
Despite these significant accomplishments, the number of children, adults, and seniors in South Carolina struggling to avoid hunger is immense.
· The food-insecurity rate in South Carolina (17.1%) is significantly higher than the national average (15.8%)
· 1 in 4 children in SC face hunger
· Nearly 50% of our clients are children and seniors
· 72% of our clients choose between paying for food and utilities
· The need for hunger-relief is particularly acute in coastal South Carolina with more than 197,600 individuals including 66,240 children facing the threat of hunger every day
· In Charleston County alone, an estimated 56,980 residents (including 16,190 children) are food-insecure