South Carolina is home to more than 225,000 food insecure children. The Lowcountry Food Bank of South Carolina contacted us in hopes of finding a mover to volunteer for a delivery, so we reached out to Carolina Moving & Storage and they jumped at the opportunity.
Lowcountry Food Bank of South Carolina distributes food to more than 300 shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens and serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. More than 18% of children in Beaufort County are food insecure. BackPack Buddies, is one of the programs Lowcountry Food Bank provides to help feed local children in need.
What is BackPack Buddies? It is a program designed to fight hunger by feeding kids outside of the classroom. Each Friday, backpacks filled with nutritious food are distributed to students in need. Most schools make an effort to feed children in need by providing free or discounted meals during school hours, but unfortunately, these students go home to an empty kitchen over the weekend. BackPack Buddies are fighting to end the hunger young students face over the weekend. More than 3,200 backpacks filled with nutritious food are distributed to children every week.
Volunteers at Lowcountry Food Bank filled backpacks up with food last week for the new students in need. The BackPack Buddy volunteers needed help delivering the backpacks to local elementary schools. That's where Carolina Moving & Storage stepped in. They provided the trucks and manpower needed to deliver over 8,000 pounds of food -- nearly 7,000 meals - to 7 different elementary schools around Beaufort.
"We were excited to have this opportunity to assist the Lowcountry Food Bank," said Susan Neal of Carolina Moving & Storage. "Our crew really enjoyed helping with this program!"
The start of the school year has just begun. To find out how you can help hungry children in your area, click here.