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Donate to food bank, support Lowcountry

The Lowcountry Food Bank, Sodexo, and Health 1st teamed up to hold a food drive at MUSC. The food drive, which began Nov. 4, will end at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.  All donations will be given to the Lowcountry Food Bank.  

Employees can participate in the Helping Hands food drive by:

  • placing food donations in the bins by the Ashley River Tower and University Hospital “tent” cafeterias (For a list of needed items, visit
  • donating food through a team (team leaders will tell you where your team donation boxes are).
  • buying a “Helping Hands” certificate at the cash registers in the MUSC cafeterias (Sodexo will purchase food for the Lowcountry Food Bank with your donation).  If you are on a team, make sure to provide your team name.Items most in need of include canned meat, canned fish, sugar, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, canned juices, salmon, sardines and dry cereal. 

Items that are home canned or jarred products can not be accepted. The Lowocuntry Food Bank can not distribute cans without labels or items that are open. All donations need to be in their original packaging with labels.
For more information  on the food drive or developing a team, contact Henry Schultz (792-3560 or or Chuck Polen (876-7273 or 
Flyers about the food drive can also be found at
A drawing will be held for food drive participants, whether or not they are on a team. Prizes include a Nano iPod (8G), $50 gift card, $25 snack basket, and $5 meal tickets.
The Lowcountry Food Bank's mission is to feed the poor and hungry of the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. The food bank was founded in 1983 as a clearinghouse for donated food items through the generosity of both Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and Trident United Way.

They collect, inspect, maintain, and distribute otherwise wasted food products from manufacturers, food distributors, the government, supermarkets, wholesalers along with farmers to redistribute these food products to a grassroots network of more than 320 member agencies providing hunger-relief services throughout the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina.Visit  
The Lowcountry Food Bank also offers resources such as nutrition education, safe food handling practices, and maintenance information. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s official network of food banks. Visit  

Worksite screening
The Nov. 19 worksite screening was changed  to Dec. 10. Visit

Editor's note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful information concerning all aspects of health.

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009

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