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Lowcountry Food Bank On the Way to $5 Million Goal with Over $2.5 Million Raised
Date:6/4/2008

d distribution center, along with a new staff wing for the organization's 30 full-time staff members. In addition, the new building will accommodate an agency training center that will supply in-house agency workshops and training and nutrition seminars, a volunteer workroom for those providing more than 21,000 volunteer hours each year, and a BackPack Buddies packing room where volunteers and staff will pack and distribute more than 4,000 backpacks to Lowcountry school children annually.

"The Lowcountry Food Bank has continued to work hard to bring civil awareness to the plight of the poor and the hungry throughout the coastal counties of South Carolina," said Mount Pleasant Mayor Harry M. Hallman, Jr. "The relocation to this new building will greatly facilitate the redistribution of food products in a timely and effective manner and will allow the Lowcountry Food Bank to better serve those who are in pressing need of food services."

After facing the loss of their current building to the Noisette redevelopment project, the Lowcountry Food Bank launched the Growing Forward Campaign to keep their doors open while striving to reduce hunger in the Lowcountry. Through hundreds and thousands of pledges and donations, along with corporate and individual sponsorships, Phase I brought in $2.5 million. With the launch of Phase II, the Growing Forward Campaign goal is to obtain $1.5 million in additional pledges, donations and sponsorships. Phase II proceeds will go toward renovations of the new Community Food and Nutrition Center, including the purchase of new food processing systems and freezers, roof repairs, updated distribution docks and the addition of the building's production kitchen and repack center.

Another aspect of the Growing Forward's Phase I was selecting a chairman for the campaign. Beginning January 1, 2008, Shawn Jenkins, President and CEO of local healthcare technology company, Benefitfocus(R), took over the role of chairman. As Chair,
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