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Farmer’s Table Raises $30,000

DECEMBER 2012

The Joy of Giving

Farmer’s Table

New Partnership

Volunteer Spotlight

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We would like to thank our sponsors who helped make The Farmer’s Table benefit dinner a tremendous success! Set in the picturesque neighborhood of Habersham in Beaufort, SC, The Farmer’s Table featured a four course wine-paired meal prepared by the area’s most celebrated chefs, a hayride pulled by a vintage tractor, and silent auction – all set to the tune of a fiddle. Most importantly, over $30,000 was raised for our Growing Food Locally program, which helps us provide fresh local produce to families who experience hunger. The Rochlis Family Foundation was very instrumental in helping us reach the goal by matching the ticket sales dollar for dollar. Stay tuned for the date for the 4th annual Farmer’s Table in 2013.
 

There may be significant need in our community, but thanks to our hardworking agency partners, community supporters, volunteers and friends, there is also a lot of support. Below, some of our LCFB agency partners weigh in on the spirit of giving this holiday season and how our work together helps families in the Lowcountry. With the support of our partner agencies in coastal South Carolina, the LCFB will distribute over 19 million pounds of food to at-risk children, families, and seniors in 2012.

LCFB Partners with InTown.com

The LCFB is proud to partner with InTown.com! InTown.com connects you to hundreds of local businesses within a 30-mile range, providing you with all you need to know about their sales, specials, and events!

Best of all, InTown.com offers a way to give back to area non-profits, including the LCFB! InTown.com offers unique deals that you can purchase for just one dollar, and that dollar is then passed on to a non-profit organization of your choice. Check out InTown.com to see a complete list of local deals, and don’t forget to select the LCFB to be the recipient of your deal purchase! Thanks to your support, the LCFB can turn your $1 donation into SIX MEALS for those in our community who experience hunger.

“Seeing the smiles on people’s faces and knowing that they will be able to feed their families over the holidays brings me great joy. A lot of people need help this time of year, and it makes me happy knowing that we are reaching the community in such a big way.”

— Reverend John C. Smalls,
Bethel Outreach Ministry, St. George


“There are so many seniors on a set income who cannot afford to pay for their food and medicine. I grew up hungry, and God blessed me. Being able to help others, especially during the holidays, is very special to me.”

— Annette B. Smalls,
ITEC, North Charleston


“Thanks to the generosity of our community, this year we will have Christmas boxes to feed our elderly clients over the holiday.  It warms my heart that they know they can count on us.”

—  Edith Carolyn White,
Hollywood Coalition, Hollywood


“This holiday season I am seeing a lot of new families and a lot of children coming in. We see people who literally have nowhere else to turn and all they want is a meal. Knowing that I am able to feed them is truly a wonderful feeling.”

—  Betty Lee,
Bacon’s Bridge Free Worship Center, Summerville

“The most special thing about feeding the
hungry to me is that it is one of God’s commands.
During these difficult times of high unemployment and rising food prices, many families and the elderly are finding great difficulty in feeding themselves. My hope is we always remember to treat the less fortunate among us fairly and mercifully.”

—  Dave Heim, Community Bible, Beaufort

“We make a living by what we do,
but we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Kristina Walle began volunteering at the LCFB six years ago when she transitioned from a full-time work schedule to a more flexible, part-time schedule. Her first task was to interview clients receiving food assistance from LCFB partner agencies as part of a national hunger study organized by Feeding America. Having grown up in modest but comfortable circumstances in Sweden, Kristina was shocked by the stories of extreme poverty. “Seeing firsthand the lack of food security so many people right here in the Lowcountry experience convinced me to continue volunteering with the Food Bank,” Kristina shares.

Today, Kristina comes in twice a week to assist with data entry and also helps serve meals to at-risk elementary school children as part of the LCFB’s Kids Cafe program. “I thoroughly enjoy being a small part of a great organization that does so much good for so many people,” says Kristina. “It is just amazing to see how much the food bank has grown, both in the number of people being served and in the new programs being added all the time — especially for children. Besides, I get to work with a wonderfully diverse bunch of super-nice people, both staff and fellow volunteers.”

Thank you for your service, Kristina!

If you are interested in helping Kristina with data entry or serving supper meals to at-risk children,
please contact
Mary Kate McLernon, Volunteer Coordinator, at 843-747-8146 ext. 120.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Kristina Walle

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Upcoming Event

December 31 – CHARLESTON UNMASKED: Experience New Years Eve with almost 20 individual live artists and performers on three stages, a premium open bar, amazing local food, and dancing. A portion of the proceeds benefit the LCFB. Purchase tickets  HERE.

Please contact Hollis Tuma at 843-747-8146 x105 if you have questions.

The Joy of Giving

B. Diane Goff