Lowcountry Food Bank celebrates 30 years of service

The Lowcountry Food Bank usually has over a million pounds of food at one time (Source: Josh Braunreuther/WCIV)

By Sonya

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's a local organization that fights hunger day in and day out and it serves more than 43,000 meals every day.

The Lowcountry Food Bank celebrated 30 years of service Thursday and took the opportunity to thank the community for their support.

The boxes of food and canned goods that line the shelves at the food bank help to feed a need in the Lowcountry.

"We are there in partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank to service those needs to make sure no child goes hungry, no family is in need of food," said Syphio Whack, the pastor of True Faith Holiness Church.

And the food bank wouldn't be as successful as it is without the help of the community. Volunteers give their time often, spending their lunch break or day off packing boxes for the hungry.

The warehouse is filled with roughly 1 million pounds of food, which helps to feed 220,000 people in coastal South Carolina every year.

"Mainly in our area it's those who are of low income or are out of a job right now, have multiple children in the household, maybe the head of household was not employed at this time. Those are mainly the people that we service at this time," said Whack.

The food bank is able to feed all those hungry mouths because of the help of donors like Paul Hulsey.

"As a child, I knew hunger," said Paul Hulsey, a Lowcountry Food Bank donor. "It got better but I never forgot what it was like to be hungry. I never forgot what it was like to have that meal and how happy it made you. The difference between hunger and happiness was a carton of milk, so I never forgot and I vowed that if I ever was in a position that I could help I would."

And he has helped financially. In fact, the building was named after him.

"As a businessman, I think it's important that we all step forward and help win the war on hunger," said Hulsey.

In the past 30 years, the food bank has distributed 170 million pounds of food to 10 coastal counties in South Carolina from Beaufort to Myrtle Beach.