May 16, 2018 -- Charleston, SC -- Sysco formally announced today funding to the Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) for the expansion of its produce cooler at the LCFB. Additional produce cooler space will enable the LCFB to source additional produce to feed the Lowcountry community who experiences hunger. With the Sysco funding, the LCFB will source more than 26 additional truckloads of produce each year. This designated produce cooler will also enhance the quality and longevity of the produce distributed by the LCFB.
A significant barrier preventing the Lowcountry Food Bank from receiving and distributing produce has been sufficient cooler space. The current cooler located in the LCFB Charleston warehouse is not adequate for the amount of produce that needs to be sourced. With funding from Sysco, the LCFB will be able to increase the cooler size. With this funding opportunity, the LCFB will upgrade the cooler to increase square footage designated solely for produce.
"We are so pleased that Sysco is now our partner in the fight to relieve hunger in the Lowcountry," said Pat Walker, Lowcountry Food Bank President and CEO, "The new Sysco Produce Cooler will allow us to source more fresh produce than ever before and ultimately get more nutritious food to those most at-risk of food insecurity. Sysco's generous commitment to fund the expansion of the produce cooler will ensure that food-insecure children, families and adults have access to nutritious and delicious produce."
"Sysco is proud to support our community partners and join in the fight to end hunger," said Tom Propps, Sysco Columbia's President. "When it comes to giving back in the communities where we work and live, Sysco's goal is to focus our community donations and volunteerism toward hunger relief initiatives and helping the Lowcountry Food Bank with the expansion of their cooler helps us accomplish this."
In addition to providing funds for the expansion of the cooler, Sysco associates are volunteering at the Lowcountry Food Bank as part of their larger Sysco Gives Back volunteer initiative. The associates will help sort, process and pack food for those most in need in the community.
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With over 65,000 associates, the company operates approximately 300 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 500,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2017 that ended July 1, 2017, the company generated sales of more than $55 billion.
About the Lowcountry Food Bank: Feed. Advocate. Empower.
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 28 million pounds of food in 2017. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 300 partner agencies including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank is a member of the national Feeding America network. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of the hungry and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information go to http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.