Holiday Food Drive Helps Fight Hunger

food driveThank you once again to the Seabrook Island community! For the fourth year now, Seabrookers demonstrated their generous hearts by supporting the SIPOA Holiday Food Drive. The drive’s goal of 7,500 pounds of canned goods was not only achieved but exceeded: the final tally was 7,637 pounds of much needed food donated to fight hunger on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. This is the largest amount collected since this project began in 2016!

The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) is extremely grateful to the SIPOA Board of Directors for sponsoring and supporting this drive. A special thank you to Nic Porter, Jamie Mixson and the Lake House staff for accepting the donations, weighing every single item, and organizing the display. Their enthusiastic support helped assure its success.  Thanks also to the SIHAF volunteers who sorted, packed and transported the food.

Food drive helpers Dec 2019

Most of the items donated will be distributed through the Sea Islands Blessing Basket, which operates out of the building adjacent to the Bethlehem Saint James United Methodist Church on Bohicket Road. This program provides canned goods and other staples, as well as fresh produce, meat and bread, to more than 260 families each month. Contributions to the SIPOA Holiday Food Drive will help fill the Blessing Baskets for several months in 2020.

Some of the food will also go to support Meals on Monday, a program at Rockville Presbyterian Church, that delivers hot meals each week to our neighbors on Wadmalaw Island. The Saint James Bethel Food Pantry on Maybank Highway on Wadmalaw, which provides meals and food baskets to local residents, will also receive part of this bounty.

The generosity of Seabrookers is deeply appreciated and will help feed many people in need for several months to come. Thank you.

-Submitted by Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation