Magnolia continues holiday food drive to feed South Carolina families

Donate one or more non-perishable healthy food item at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens through Jan. 31 for special discounts off the garden admission and nature train ride.

For the sixth consecutive year, Magnolia is collecting food for the Lowcountry Food Bank, which serves ten counties in coastal South Carolina. Since 2012 Magnolia’s guests have donated more than 15 tons of food that has benefited families in the food bank’s service area. The food drive began Nov. 1.

Magnolia’s guests who donate a food item and buy a $20 general garden admission will receive the second admission ticket for free. This general garden admission discount includes adult and children admissions. It does not include tours.

Bring an additional food item for a $5 nature train ride.

Magnolia cannot accept unpackaged food, perishable food, unsealed packages of food or food removed from the original package.

The healthy foods that support the food bank's nutritional initiative are:

· Protein products such as peanut butter, canned chicken, salmon and tuna in water.
· Dried lentils and beans.
· Bread, flour and cereals should include whole wheat flour, 100 percent whole grain cereals and brown rice.
· Low or no salt, low and sugar free canned fruits and vegetables.
· Snacks such as dried fruit and reduce or sugar free cookies.

Magnolia’s executive director Tom Johnson said, “The amount of food we’ve collected since 2012 reflects the kindness of our guests and Charleston area residents. I am challenging other tourism-related businesses like Magnolia to support food drives of their own to help needy families during the holiday season.”

Founded in 1983, the Lowcountry Food Bank solicits and distributes healthy food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies. Last year, the agency distributed more than 26 million pounds of food. The food bank is a clearinghouse for donated food products that are distributed to a network of nearly 300 member agencies, including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The food bank is a member of Feeding America and is committed to educating the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger as well as advocating on the behalf of the hungry in our community. For more information go to www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.