SC Retailers Donate Almost $130,000
May 26, 2016
The South Carolina Retail Association and its retail member companies presented $129,889 in food and cash contributions to the South Carolina Food Bank Association. The presentation took place during a press conference at the South Carolina Legislative Building and included cash and in-kind donations that will go a long way toward hunger relief. The donations are a reminder that 16.4% of South Carolinians — 1 in 6 — are food insecure on a regular basis.
“Meeting our community’s hunger needs is always very important, even more so as the school year winds down,” said Jones Dubose, (pictured above, left) Chairman of the Harvest Hope Food Bank, a member of the South Carolina Food Bank Association. “The South Carolina Food Bank Association looks toward the year ahead, yet, we are still reasonably pressed to meet the needs of hungry families, children and seniors in our community. This summer, as we have seen every summer, food banks all over South Carolina will face an increase in families coming to their doors for help. Also, we must not forget about the countless multitude of flood victims that are still recovering from the flood this past October. Several months after the flood, we continue to provide help to fight hunger and flood recovery will continue for a long time.”
Participating retailers included Badcock Home Furniture & More, Floco Foods operating as KJ’s Market and IGA, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Publix, Rite Aid, Walgreens, W. Lee Flowers and Walmart. These retailers donated truckloads of food and personal care products for people across the state. In-kind donations of cereal, canned goods, peanut butter, rice and paper hygiene products will be particularly helpful as the organization works to meet a variety of needs facing South Carolinians.
“Our purpose today is to shine a light on the serious need to help South Carolina’s residents who experience food insecurity,” said South Carolina Retail Association Executive Director Lindsey Kueffner (pictured above, right) who presented the South Carolina Food Bank Association with a $14,000 cash contribution from the Retail Association. “The Feeding America food banks in South Carolina cover all 46 counties and provide food assistance for an estimated 794,000 people annually or about 1 in 6 South Carolinians. We hope that those who hear this message will be motivated to dig a little deeper, buy a few extra canned goods when they do their shopping and contribute to or volunteer at the Food Banks across our state.”
Senator Thomas Alexander (pictured above) from Oconee was in attendance and reiterated the need for organizations to feed the hungry. “I’d like to applaud this partnership and the tremendous efforts put forth by the SC Retail Association and the SC Food Bank Association to feed the hungry,” said Senator Alexander. “I’m so thankful to these organizations for bringing awareness to this critical need. As they say, a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Representative Murrell Smith (pictured above) from Sumter also expressed appreciation for the donations and the work being done by the food banks. “As an elected official and representative in the South Carolina House, I treasure those moments when I can play an even small part in impacting the lives of our citizens,” Representative Smith said. “Even with the noise that often surrounds us and priorities that fill our days, I am thankful to the SC Retail Association for remembering that there are people still in need. I commend South Carolina’s retailers for their contributions to the SC Food Bank Association today.”
The South Carolina Retail Association encourages others to donate to the South Carolina Food Bank Association online at: www.scfoodbankassociation.org.