October 28, 2020 -- Charleston, SC -- The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) announced today that the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank has donated $5,000 to support LCFB's BackPack Buddies program, which helps fight childhood hunger in the Lowcountry.
The funds will support enrollment of 2,400 food-insecure public school children in the LCFB BackPack Buddies program, which distributes weekend food to children at risk of hunger. TD Charitable Foundation's donation will provide this weekend food during the 2020-2021 school year to schoolchildren in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper counties. According to Feeding America, an estimated 39,000 children in these counties are food insecure.
"TD is proud to support food banks that are working tirelessly in our communities providing food and resources to those in need, especially our youngest citizens," said Brian Culp, Retail Market Manager for TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank.
The LCFB's BackPack Buddies program alleviates weekend hunger among food-insecure public school children by distributing backpacks full of nutritious, kid-friendly food each Friday during the school year. Because free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches are not available over the weekend, low-income children are particularly vulnerable to hunger at this time. The LCFB relies on its community partners, including local nonprofits, businesses and faith-based organizations to help pack and deliver the backpacks. At the school sites, guidance counselors and other staff members distribute the packs to the children enrolled in the program.
"We are thrilled to partner with Lowcountry Food Bank on their BackPack Buddies program," said Scott Sharp, Regional Vice President for TD Bank. "We continue to see the need for food in our communities and our hope is this grant will help alleviate food insecurities so many are facing."
The LCFB works closely with partner schools to identify the most food-insecure children. Chronic food insecurity has many adverse consequences for children, including impaired cognitive function, compromised ability to resist illness and anxiety. BackPack Buddies is a significant first step in improving both short- and long-term outcomes among children experiencing hunger.
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About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $199 million and more than 19,400 grants through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including the online grant application, is available at TDBank.com.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.td.com/us. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.
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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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