November 9, 2020 -- Charleston, SC -- The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) announced today a $12,000 matching gift challenge by Lowcountry residents Dean and Laurie Hubbs to celebrate and support Veterans' Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The goal for this dollar-for-dollar match is to raise a total of $24,000. Donated funds will help provide hunger relief for veterans throughout our community.
November 11 through November 13, each donation will have double the impact during this matching challenge while providing meals and fresh produce to veterans who struggle with hunger.
"We believe in the mission of the LCFB," said Dean Hubbs. "Laurie and I want to honor our fellow veterans for their service and lead the fight against veteran hunger in our community."
In 2019, LCFB prepared 7,110 meals in its Zucker Family Production Kitchen and distributed more than 4,254 pounds of fresh produce to veterans and their families. Donations raised through this challenge will help provide healthy food distributions in partnership with Soldier's Angels and Patriot Villas, and nutritious food for the Tri-County Veterans Support Network emergency food pantry in the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, which helps address diet-related health issues.
South Carolina (SC) has the eighth highest population of veterans in the nation. More than 402,000 veterans reside in the state. More than 8% of the state's veterans live in poverty and more than 22% of SC veterans have a service-connected disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some of the highest population densities of veterans in the state reside in coastal South Carolina. Charleston is ranked the third highest county in SC for the number of homeless veterans, and many military families struggle with food insecurity.
Dean Hubbs is a United States Marine Corps veteran, served our country for 25 years in multiple combat deployments and was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
To donate, visit https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/donate-veterans/
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Testimonial from a Lowcountry neighbor who struggles with hunger:
"I served in the air force for 20 years. I'm 81 now so I can't work any longer. It's hard to make ends meet on my retirement income. It happens every so often that I don't have money to buy food. I've been coming to this veteran's center for two years. They also have the food pantry, and that helps me a lot. It's made my life easier because I didn't have to stress about not having enough food. The boxes I get are more than I could imagine. They contain all sorts of food items like canned items and fresh produce. To me, this food bank means survival."
-- Felix, from Charleston, SC
Supporters can donate here to be a part of the challenge:
About the Lowcountry Food Bank: Feed. Advocate. Empower.
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 32 million pounds of food in 2019. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 300 partner agencies including on-site meal programs, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of those who experience hunger and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information go to the Lowcountry Food Bank website and connect with us on www.lowcountryfoodbank.org
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