by Shelly Spoerre
The ghouls and goblins of Halloween have passed and, do I dare say it,
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. With the anticipation of
holidays come thoughts of family gatherings, social events and of
course, food. Unfortunately, for some families food is more of a
struggle than a celebration.
According to Feeding America, South Carolina ranks well above the
national average for food insecurity at 13.1 percent. While you are
scavenging the grocery aisles with the third revision of your shopping
list, consider doubling up. Grab two cans instead of one, and give back
by donating your extra items to the Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB). Each
donated food item makes a positive impact for LCFB who provides hunger
relief for approximately 154,000 people among the 10 coastal counties
of South Carolina. Your donations, in addition to the collected items
from supermarkets and wholesale surplus, help to feed families and
children who experience real hunger.
LCFB recognizes the importance of providing not only adequate, but
healthful foods for their recipients and takes an extra step to
guarantee the provision of quality foods through their nutrition
initiative. This initiative ensures fresh, nutritious foods are made
available to those they serve. So, when planning to double up just
remember that not all donations are created equal.
Here are just a few examples of healthful foods that you can
contribute. To view the full list of foods included in the LCFB
nutrition initiative, visit http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.
- Nonperishable items—canned fruits in light syrup and no or low sodium canned vegetables;
- Proteins—dried beans, tuna, shelf stable soy milk, and peanut butter;
- Starches—brown rice, whole grains, and rolled oats;
- Snacks—rice cakes, sugar free pudding, reduced fat cookies, dried fruit;
- Dried herbs for salt free flavoring.
you are unable to double up this season, you can still contribute by
hosting a food drive among your neighbors or coworkers, or by
volunteering your time. It takes more than 21,000 volunteer hours to
efficiently run LCFB. So, make it a priority to share more than just
food and fun with those you love this season. Join together in helping
the LCFB provide for those in need, and double your reason to celebrate.
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009