Food is the number one priority for our neighbors in need at this time. According to recent data from South Carolina’s 211 Resource Call Center, requests for emergency Food Pantries increased 778% in the last two weeks in March for the Tri-County area.
Our agency partners who are working tirelessly to make food available to those in need have implemented extra safety precautions to create a distribution process with minimal to no contact for their staff, volunteers and clients. Therefore, if you’ve been wanting to give back either through donating food or volunteering to pack emergency food boxes take a look at all the ways our partners are taking precautions.
Food is being pre-packed by staff and volunteers in groups of no more than 10. (Non-profit organizations providing basic and emergency services to individuals in our community are considered essential workers and therefore are exempt from stay-at-home mandates.)
All packaged food is wiped down with sanitizing wipes before pre-packed and clients are encouraged to do the same upon receipt of food.
Volunteers are provided gloves for the duration of their service along with hand washing stations.
Many distributions centers are set-up in a drive-through style. Clients pull up, open their truck, a volunteer places the pre-packed box in the truck and the client drives off.
Other distribution sites have marked, with tape, line spacing to ensure a 6 foot distance between clients.
Food donations bins have been set up outside agencies so donors do not have to interact with a person.
Some agencies have even set up an Amazon wish list so you can donate from the comfort and safety of your home.
Anyone interested in volunteering with any of the agencies listed on our resource page are encouraged to contact them directly for the most up to date information on need and shifts. While their safety precautions are in line with recommendations from our local government and CDC, individuals choosing to volunteer do so at their own discretion.
Additional resources and guidelines for volunteers and volunteer organizations can be found here.
Available healthcare personnel
Need for healthcare personnel to provide services in a South Carolina hospital during the COVID-19 crisis
Helping Hands of Goose Creek
Need for shelf stable food donations and volunteers to assist with food distribution. Open Monday-Friday 9:00-11:15am. Call before arriving to drop off food or to volunteer (843) 553-7132.
East Cooper Community Outreach
Need for shelf stable food donations and volunteers to assist with food distribution. Food donations can be dropped off Mon-Fri, 10am to 2pm in their blue donation bins. Contact if interested in volunteering (843) 849-9220.
charleston area senior citizens - meals on wheels of charleston
Home delivered meal clients will be paired with an outside volunteer who would check-in on that client by phone to see if they may need anything on a personal level, including food delivery to their porch, toilet paper drop off, or picking up items at the store. Volunteers should contact the office via email and watch their Facebook page for more information.
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach
Need for shelf stable food donations. Donations can be brought to the Johns Island location (1684 Brownswood Rd) or downtown location (77 & 79 America St).
They also have an Amazon wish list if individuals want to support from the safety of their home.
lowcountry food bank
Emergency food box packing
Various shifts through 3/27 - sign up here
Help us by bringing the most needed items to the drop off locations. Donation list also provided.
Drop off locations and donation list can be found here.
lowcountry blessings boxes
Blessing boxes are stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, baby supplies and anything else that might be considered a blessing to someone who finds themselves in need.
Locations can be found here.
trident united way teacher thank-a-thon
Trident United Way is collecting cards to share with teachers to show appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication to students in the local community! Cards can be completed electronically, and there is no limit to the number you can complete!
meals on wheels of summerville
Seniors are more likely to be impacted by the Coronavirus than younger people, leaving many to stay at home in self-isolation. Many of them need meals at home so that they can avoid large groups at the grocery store.
musc center on aging emergency senior supply drive
The MUSC Center on Aging is partnering with the Trident Area Agency on Aging to organize and distribute food and supplies to lowcountry seniors, due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Donations of non-perishable meals (box dinners, soups, stews, vegetables, fruit, beans, etc.), personal care items (soap, toilet paper, tissues), cleaning supplies (disinfectants, wipes and sprays, paper towels, etc.) are all needed.
Donations can be dropped off at: TAAA, 5895 Core Rd., Suite 419, North Charleston
The Sifa Clinic is in need of volunteers to help with safe food deliver to families in need.