Food continues to be a top priority for our neighbors in need at this time. 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.
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 trunk, a volunteer places the pre-packed box in the trunk 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.
Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Inc.
Charleston Area Seniors is looking for volunteers willing to deliver shelf stable meals to home-bound seniors. Delivery routes are contactless and require no more than 2 hours of time. Contact Donna Cook firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign-up.
LOWCOUNTRY HOPE CENTER
The Lowcountry Hope Center is looking for teams of 3 volunteers willing to adopt a weekday to help restock shelves and assist with distributing food to clients via a drive-thru model.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084ba8a622aafb6-hope - Volunteer registration
The Shifa Clinic is in need of volunteers to help with safe food delivery to families in need throughout the Tri-County area. They are also in need of cardboard boxes and grocery bags.
TRICOUNTY FAMILY MINISTRIES
Tricounty Family Ministries is seeking volunteers to help on Tuesdays from 12-2 and Wednesdays from 10-2 to assist with food sorting and packing and distribution to drive-thru and walk-up clients. Volunteers can sign up using the links below. Donations of paper grocery bags and shelf stable food is also a need.
WINDWOOD FARM FOR BOYS
Volunteer from home option! Windwood Farm is looking for volunteers willing to write letters of encouragement to the boys living on the farm. The boys are between the ages of 5 and 15. Letters can be sent to c/o Allison Olawsky at 4857 Windwood Farm Rd., Awendaw, SC 29429.
Roper St. Francis Critical Supplies
musc critical supplies
MUSC Health is receiving numerous contacts from businesses, community organizations, and individuals who want to help provide necessary and in-demand health care supplies, as well as food and financial donations. Please see the frequently asked questions below for answers that should help those wishing to connect with MUSC Health in this way.
Tri-County First Steps
Immediate need for critical supplies for the early childhood community, including home-visitation programs and childcare centers. Volunteers are also needed to help distribute supplies and are encouraged to contact a First Step facility in your community.
Donations can be dropped at the following locations and times:
Charleston County First Steps, 4975 LaCross Rd #100, N Charleston (Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Dorchester County First Steps, 810 Travelers Blvd, Summerville (Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Statewide Volunteers Needed for School Meal Preparation and Distribution
The United Way of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Education are working together to identify potential volunteers to help school food authorities prepare and distribute meals to children across the state.
If you are over the age of 21, would like to volunteer in a school district, and have NOT experienced any symptoms of illness in the past 14 days, please register under the ongoing need entitled "Statewide - School Meal Preparation and Distribution.”
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.
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 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.
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