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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Charleston County Library

Many people are struggling right now during the coronavirus pandemic. Many are without jobs so the ability to obtain the basic needs of life like food, toiletries, medication, and diapers is extra burdensome. One day, they were providing for their families, and on the next, their world unraveled and ever since it has become a struggle to make ends meet. Our vulnerable and undernourished communities are at a greater risk of going without the necessities they need. Hunger does not stop in a time of crisis.

They say it is in the worst of times that the best in us shows up. A community of agencies is rising to the occasion and offering a helping hand to those in need. The Workforce Development Team has culled a list of organizations that are providing food, health & hygiene supplies, financial support services and healthcare assistance. As you get the basic essentials, let us help you to build your career and employment opportunities once again.


Community Agencies:

Lowcountry Food Bank - 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. Find out about other community food pantries associated with the Lowcountry Food Bank by clicking their FIND HELP page.  Read about the Lowcountry Food Bank’s COVID-19 Response here.

Lowcountry Blessing Box Project - Our goal is to place and maintain Blessing Boxes around the Lowcountry.  Charleston Blessing Boxes are stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, baby supplies, and anything else that might be considered a blessing to someone who finds themselves in need. Items are donated and received anonymously. A simple rule applies—Leave what you can, take what you need.

Health Well Foundation COVID-19 Ancillary Costs - Receive assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation, and telehealth because of COVID-19 risk or incidence.

The HALO Fund – Apply if you are a library worker and have lost your job or had your wages significantly reduced. On the other hand, if a member of your household has lost employment, you can apply to the HALO Fund. Small personal grants of up to $250 for household and other expenses.

Junior League of Charleston Diaper Bank – The Junior League of Charleston Diaper Bank, created in 2017, strives to fill the gap of this overlooked need in the community.  The Junior League of Charleston Diaper Bank collects, packages, and works with partner organizations to distribute diapers through the Lowcountry.


More news coverage about groups trying to help

How to Survive a Layoff: Don't let the Coronavirus stop you from looking for a new job

Don't Overlook this No. 1 Factor when looking for a job during COVID-19, says hiring Exec of 20 years

How to make ends meet if you lose your job under COVID-19

Publix donates over 40,000 pounds of produce to Lowcountry Food Bank

Lowcountry Food Bank, Enough Pie among Charleston groups doing good deeds during pandemic


If you would like more information, assistance in finding more resources, tips on how to get the job hunting process started, or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. You may also call us at 843-805-6930, leave a voice message, and a library staff member will return your call. Remember, you are not alone.