Charleston County Public Library has compiled a list of resources for members of our community who need assistance and resources finding food during the COVID-19 virus crisis.

Lowcountry Food Bank

The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina through food distribution centers in Charleston, Yemassee and Myrtle Beach. Lowcountry Food Bank is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. They serve as an emergency food pantry, provide senior & child meal programs, and provide nutrition education. 2864 Azalea Dr., Charleston SC 29405, (843) 747-8147. They have launched a special page dedicated to their response to COVID-19.

  • Lowcountry Food Bank FIND HELP Page – Need Food? Start here. Enter your location to find food assistance in your community. Lowcountry Food Bank Agency Partners provide food assistance. Open days and hours will vary. Please call before visiting to ensure the Agency Partner is available.

CCSD Grab and Go Meals
Meals are being provided at school sites and bus stops. The Charleston County School District (CCSD) will provide breakfasts and lunches (five days’ worth of meals) for children 18 years and younger. They are available to pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The district has provided this resources page for a list of their sites.

CCSD Emergency Meals-To-You
Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Department of Nutrition Services is pleased to announce a new program that will deliver meals directly to the homes of students: Emergency Meals-to-You. The initiative, which is a partnership between CCSD, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Baylor University, provides these meals at no cost to the families. Families with students enrolled at the following schools are eligible to participate in the program:

  • Angel Oak Elementary
  • Baptist Hill Middle High
  • E.B. Ellington Elementary 
  • Edith L. Frierson Elementary 
  • Haut Gap Middle
  • Jane Edwards Elementary
  • Minnie Hughes Elementary
  • Mt. Zion Elementary
  • St. James-Santee Elementary-Middle
  • St. John’s High

As long as at least one child in the household attends one of the ten schools listed, every child in that household is eligible to receive these meals. If a family registers for the Emergency Meals-to-You program, this benefit will not affect any other existing benefit the family is receiving. The district and the schools are notifying parents and guardians about the program during the week of May 6 and providing them with the steps to register for the service. The enrollment period started on Monday and will last until Sunday, May 10, 2020. Once a family signs up, an Emergency Meals-to-You box will be shipped directly to their door every other week for every child (ages 1-18) in their household. Each box will include 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches, the equivalent of what they would receive at school for two weeks. All of the items in the Emergency Meals-to-You box are shelf-stable, which means they will not expire anytime soon and do not have to be immediately refrigerated. The partnership is set to last through June 30, 2020. For more information, contact CCSD’s Nutrition Services Department at (843) 566-7266.

East Cooper Community Outreach
Clients can pick up food from the food pantry; additional services may be limited; Monday- Friday 10am – 2pm; call (843)-849-9220 for assistance; 1145 Six Mile Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466; email [email protected].    

Lowcountry Blessing Box Project
Blessing boxes are stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, and baby supplies. Leave what you can, take what you need. To find a location, contact them at (843) 737-2517 or [email protected].

Meals on Wheels
Organized by Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Meals on Wheels provides a nutritious meal, a quick safety check, and much needed human connection to homebound seniors. Contact them at (843) 722-4127 or email them at [email protected].

Emergency Food Pantry by CASC
Each client receives enough food for one month. Clients are asked to call ahead and make an appointment for food. Walk-in clients for emergency food will be served as soon as possible by CASC staff. Clients must complete a brief application before receiving a box of food. All clients are entered into Charity Tracker, a Tri-County data base for basic needs services. 259 Meeting Street in Charleston. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-3:30. 

Shifa Clinic
Provides request doorstep food delivery program. For more information, visit their website, call (843)-352-4580 or email [email protected].

Our Lady of Mercy
Provides basic needs (including food pantry, clothing pantry, and emergency financial assistance) to help people get back on their feet and get through challenging times. The organization works with those in need to set goals to get on the path to self-sufficiency. 1684 Brownswood Dr., Johns Island. You may contact them by calling (843)559-4109 or by email at [email protected].

Resources for Pets

Charleston Animal Society: Participating families may receive a one-month supply of food. The food bank is open Mon-Fri from 10 AM – 12 PM. 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 747-4849.  

Pet Helpers: Provides monthly food supply for families in need. Visiting Adoption Center at 1447 Folly Road. Please bring a photo ID and proof of spay/neuter at the time of your visit. Proof of government assistance is required. 1447 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412 (843) 795-1110.  

DIAH on Wheels: Provides free food and veterinary care for the pets of low-income, homebound senior citizens. Daniel Island Animal Hospital, 291 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 103, Daniel Island, SC 29492 (843) 881-7228.