LOWCOUNTRY FOOD BANK INC
2864 AZALEA DR
CHARLESTON SC 29405
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Lowcountry Food Bank
Address 2864 AZALEA DR
CHARLESTON , SC 29405
Telephone (843) 747-8146
Fax (843) 747-8147
E-mail kkelley@lcfbank.org
Projected Annual Revenue $8,615,556.00 (2017)
Mission Statement The mission of the Lowcountry Food Bank is to lead the fight against hunger in our community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Patricia S Walker
Board Chair Mrs. Martha McNeil
Board Chair Company Affiliation Morgan Stanley
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission The mission of the Lowcountry Food Bank is to lead the fight against hunger in our community.
Background

Founded in 1983, the Lowcountry Food Bank’s (LCFB) mission is to lead the fight against hunger in our community. The LCFB serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper and Williamsburg). The LCFB began its operations by distributing food to a handful of local emergency feeding agencies from a 10,000 square-foot rented building in Ladson, South Carolina. By 1999, the organization’s capacity had increased dramatically. That year, the LCFB distributed 1.7 million pounds of food to 196 local faith-based and nonprofit agencies. To improve access to food resources for rural feeding agencies in areas outside the Charleston metropolitan area, the LCFB opened its first regional food center (RFC) in Yemassee (Beaufort County) in 2000. In 2002, the LCFB opened another RFC facility in Myrtle Beach. By 2008, the LCFB was distributing 10 million pounds of food annually, and the organization was beginning to outgrow its main facility. In November 2008, the LCFB moved into the 60,000 square-foot Paul Hulsey Community Food and Nutrition Center in Charleston. Funded by a five-year capital campaign, this facility includes a warehouse, volunteer and community centers, a full-scale production kitchen, and a repackaging center.

In 2016, the LCFB partnered with approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school programs, low-income senior centers, and shelters to distribute 26.2 million pounds of food to 200,347 food-insecure children, seniors, and adults throughout coastal South Carolina. In Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties alone, the LCFB distributed over 4.9 million pounds of food in partnership with 60 feeding agencies to more than 46,000 food-insecure children, adults and seniors.

Impact In 2016, the LCFB partnered with approximately 300 emergency feeding agencies to distribute more than 26.2 million pounds of food to over 200,000 food-insecure children, seniors and adults in coastal South Carolina. Over 6.6 million pounds or 25% of the total food distributed was produce. 

 

The LCFB operates a variety of hunger-relief initiatives, including:

  • Child Hunger-Relief: The LCFB regularly feeds over 9,000 children through the BackPack Buddies weekend hunger-relief program, the Kids Cafe afterschool feeding program, the Summer Feeding program, and the School Pantry program, which provides monthly food-assistance boxes to low-income families of public school children.
  • Senior Hunger-Relief: The LCFB distributes over 2,100 boxes of food and produces approximately 4,500 meals each month for the low-income elderly.
  • Food Works - A Culinary Training and Meal Production Program: Through a partnership established with the Charleston County School District, the LCFB provides 120 hours of hands-on culinary experience and education in the LCFB’s commercial production kitchen to students at-risk of not graduating and many living in poverty. While in the program, the students earn credits towards graduation and assist the LCFB in producing up to 12,000 meals a month for children participating in the Kids Cafe afterschool feeding program and for homebound seniors receiving meals from East Cooper Meals on Wheels. 
  • Fresh for All: This highly successful farmers’ market-style mobile distribution was piloted in 2014 to combat the lack of access that food-insecure children, adults, and seniors have to fresh produce. Each Fresh for All provides every family with approximately 40 pounds of fresh produce. In 2016, the LCFB conducted 68 distributions providing more than 12,000 families with 577,046 pounds of fresh produce.
  • Cooking Matters:  Since 2012, the LCFB has utilized the Cooking Matters curriculum to empower low-income people at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals on a budget.  In 2016, the LCFB reached more than 62,000 people through nutrition education including: 22 Cooking Matters 6-week courses (226 participants) and 66 Cooking Matters at the Store tours (1,013 participants).  

The LCFB’s disaster-relief response to Hurricane Matthew included providing nearly 1 million pounds of food, paper products and essential cleaning supplies to families throughout coastal South Carolina. 

Needs
In order to lead the fight against hunger, the Lowcountry Food Bank has some pressing needs to sustain and expand our services and programs.  
 
1) The need for monetary support for the BackPack Buddies program which provides nutritious food to more than 900 children each week during the school year is great. Each backpack of food costs $3.96 to distribute. The total cost of the program for the school year is $143,859. 
 
2) The Lowcountry Food Bank is also in need of funding for the School Pantry program which provides more than 300 boxes each month to food-insecure children and their families at high-need public schools.  Each School Pantry box costs $20.66 to distribute for a total cost of $77,909 for the school year. 
 
3) Volunteer support is needed to assist the Lowcountry Food Bank staff in leading Cooking Matters at the Store Tours and Cooking Matters courses.  Please see the information listed in the Volunteer Connection site for more details.
 
4) The ability of the Lowcountry Food Bank to deliver food to agencies and directly to individuals in the community is greatly limited by the lack of an additional refrigerated box truck at the facility in Yemassee. The cost of a truck is $120,000.
 
5) Funding for fresh produce is always needed. The average cost is $0.21/lb.      
 
 
 
 
 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

At the Lowcountry Food Bank, we are committed to leading the fight against hunger across the 10 coastal counties in our service area because we believe that every person should have access to nutritious food. Satisfying this most basic of needs is foundational for proper growth, healthy living, successful learning and personal dignity.

As we look forward, we are excited to stand with our partners and friends to continue working toward our vision – ending hunger in coastal South Carolina. To do so, we have implemented a strategic plan that will maximize the distribution of meals, turn awareness into action and strengthen our capacity to serve more than 200,000 individuals in our community who are struggling with hunger. As a member of Feeding America, we strive to help close the national meal gap and to achieve a strategic goal of providing more than 22 million meals annually by the end of 2017.

It is only because of the generous support of friends in the community who share in our dream of ending hunger in the Lowcountry, that we are able to help lift thousands of children, families and seniors out of food insecurity and provide access to over 22 million meals that will enable them to learn and live healthy, happy lives.

My very best,
 
Pat Walker
President and CEO
 
 
 
Board Chair Statement

Conquering hunger in our community is a lofty goal and one that requires the teamwork of our dedicated staff, visionary board, diligent network of partner agencies and the support of individual donors, corporate sponsors and volunteers. Someone recently asked me how so many people fall through the safety net. My answer was, “we are the net.”

Distributing more nourishing food continues to be the key to building a hunger-free and healthier community. We know that eating more fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Distributing food that prevents our friends and neighbors from going to bed hungry and improves their health is a winning solution.

With a grateful heart, I would like to offer a challenge to our community. How can you help strengthen the net? If you have not visited the Lowcountry Food Bank, especially our Regional Food Center in Yemassee, please consider taking a tour. We welcome volunteers to join us in fighting hunger in the Lowcountry with a variety of opportunities, ranging from the distribution of fresh produce, to sorting and packing food and more! Financial donations enable us to provide 6 meals for every $1 we receive. Spread the word of the work we do through the Lowcountry Food Bank and together we will make even greater strides to ensure that our neighbors in need do not go to bed hungry.

I began my relationship with the Food Bank as a warehouse volunteer, sorting food donations and preparing them to be sent to partner agencies. My time in the warehouse caused me to reflect upon the great need in our community. What would it be like if 22 million meals had not been available to children, seniors, families and individuals experiencing food insecurity and hunger last year?

We pledge to continue to work diligently to ensure that everyone in Coastal South Carolina has access to adequate and nutritious food. With your help, we will continue to serve others until we win the battle against hunger.

Sincerely,

Martha B. McNeil

2017 Board Chairman


 
 
Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Jasper County
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina including Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Williamsburg, Horry, Georgetown, Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Martha McNeil
Company Affiliation Morgan Stanley
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Erin Burton BP
Tyler Condon Morgan Stanley
Tiffany Crumpton Blackbaud, Inc.
Lindsey Douglas The Boeing Company
Evie Evans Evans Law, LLC
Erik Glaser Glaser + Company
David L. Hood The Law Offices of David L. Hood
Brett Hulsey Shooting Star Creations
Martha McNeil Morgan Stanley
Mark Mizell Birchin Lane Realty Advisors, LLC
Darryl Porter Lineage Logistics
Mike Smith Ingevity
Vincent Wallace The Boeing Company
Jonathan Williams Push Advocacy
Shelley Yuhas The Directions Group, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 79%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Patricia S Walker
Experience

In January 2012, Patricia Walker was named President and CEO of the Lowcountry Food Bank. She previously worked for LCFB feeding partner East Cooper Meals on Wheels, serving as its President and CEO. Under her leadership, the LCFB has increased the number of meals distributed by over 30%, serving more than 200,000 people each year. Pat oversees an annual distribution of 26 million pounds of food and a staff of 64 based in three food distribution centers in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Yemassee. She serves on the Governing Board of East Cooper Medical Center and is an active member of the South Carolina Food Bank Association and Feeding America. Her role as President and CEO is a full-time paid position, and she works approximately 60 hours/week. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and two master’s degrees from The Citadel.

Staff
Full Time Staff 63
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 7000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2014
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Feeding America - Affiliate1983
Programs
Description

The BackPack Buddies program helps to alleviate weekend hunger among more than 950 food-insecure children attending 12 schools in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Each Friday during the school year, the children receive backpacks containing 3 pounds of nutritious and kid-friendly food. A sample menu includes two whole grain cereals, two entrees (Chef Boyardee), three shelf-stable dairy items (2-1% milks and a pudding cup), one snack (granola bar), a canned vegetable and two fruit items (fruit cup and fruit strip). Volunteers assemble the packs of food for the children enrolled in the program to receive each week in their backpacks.

Budget $143,859
Short Term Success

Currently, 956 children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties are enrolled in the BackPack Buddies program and receive 108,984 pounds of nutritious food to eat on the weekends throughout the school year.

Long Term Success

All of the 11,430 food-insecure children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties will have access to nutritious food on the weekend.

Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

Outcomes of the BackPack Buddies program are measured through the LCFB’s computerized inventory system, a monthly issuance log maintained by the LCFB’s Child Hunger Programs Coordinator, and monthly service reporting by each school’s Program Coordinator. These measures record:

• The number of backpacks distributed by partner schools.

• The number of pounds of food served through the program.

• The number of students in each school enrolled in the program.

The LCFB also conducts an annual survey to measure the outcomes of the program. In the most recent survey conducted in May of 2016, 93% of School Coordinators “agreed” that the BackPack Buddies program meets the hunger needs of the children it serves; School Coordinators noted improvements among the students who participated in the program in the following areas: self-esteem, energy level, alertness, behavior, overall health, attendance and socialization.

Description

Cooking Matters at the Store empowers low-income and food-insecure families to stretch their food budgets so they can eat healthy meals. It also equips families with the skills they need to maximize the benefits they receive through public nutrition programs like SNAP and WIC which decreases their food insecurity. During the 1.5 hour-tour, participants learn four key food skills: reading food labels, comparing unit prices, finding whole grain foods and identifying three ways to purchase produce. The program ends with a $10 Challenge, where participants use the skills they have just learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10.

Short Term Success

Families will be 17% more confident in stretching their food dollars (including federal benefits like SNAP and WIC) due to the strategies they learned in Cooking Matters, like planning meals, shopping with a list and comparing unit prices.

Long Term Success

There will be a 10% increase in families that are more confident in their cooking abilities after completing the Cooking Matters courses.

There will be an 11% decrease in barriers seen by families to making healthy, affordable meals.

 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

Each participant fills out a survey before and after the course to monitor the changes in their eating behaviors. The leader of the Cooking Matters at the Store tours also records feedback received from the participants after the store tours. In addition, Share Our Strength the non-profit organization that provides the curriculum for Cooking Matters, conducts research to evaluate the short and long term outcomes of the program.

Description

In order to combat the lack of access that many children, adults and seniors have to healthy foods such as fresh produce, the LCFB conducts Fresh for All distributions. Each Fresh for All is set up to resemble a farmers' market with 8,000 pounds of fresh produce. At a Fresh for All, approximately 180 families (an estimated 580 individuals) are able to select approximately 40 pounds of fresh produce. A variety of produce is offered so families are able to choose the produce that their family will eat and the quantity that they need. Because clients may be unsure how to prepare some types of produce, recipes are available for the families to take home.

Short Term Success

To combat the lack of access the food-insecure and low-income families have to fresh produce, 27% of the total food distributed in 2018 by the Lowcountry Food Bank will be fresh produce.

Long Term Success

The more than 60 non-profit and faith-based organizations that the Lowcountry Food Bank partners with will have the ability to distribute enough fresh produce to meet the nutritional needs of the 34,870 children, adults and seniors that face hunger every day.

Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

The Lowcountry Food Bank's food purchases and distribution are tracked using a computerized inventory system. This allows the LCFB to account for every pound distributed and every dollar spent precisely and in real time.

Description The School Pantry program alleviates the source of child hunger by distributing 20-pound boxes of shelf-stable, healthy foods (e.g., spaghetti sauce and whole grain pasta, tuna, macaroni, peanut butter, brown rice, and canned vegetables and fruit) to more than 400 food-insecure families of children attending 10 high-need schools in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. These monthly food distributions take place at the schools and are scheduled, when possible, to coincide with school events providing a powerful means of increasing parental involvement in the educational process which ultimately improves a child’s chance of school success.
Budget $77,909
Short Term Success

The Lowcountry Food Bank will provide 419 food-assistance boxes containing 8,380 pounds of nutritious food each month during the school year to low-income families whose children attending 10 high-need public schools in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.

Long Term Success

All of the 11,430 food-insecure children and their families in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties will have access to nutritious food which will enable them to live healthy, active lives.

Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

Outcomes of the School Pantry program are measured through the LCFB’s computerized inventory management system, a monthly issuance log maintained by the Child Hunger Programs Coordinator, and monthly service reporting by each school’s site coordinator. Together, these measures record:

  • The number of food-assistance boxes distributed each month to at-risk children and their families.
  • The total number of family members receiving food-assistance.
  • The number of pounds of food served through the program each month.

The LCFB also conducts annual surveys of the parents and School Coordinators involved in the School Pantry program to assess the impact of the program on the children and their families. The surveys, which are voluntary, are available both electronically and in paper form (and in English and Spanish) and are distributed by the coordinators at each school. The most recent School Pantry survey was conducted in May 2016: 95% of parent respondents “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that “School Pantry has made a positive difference in the well-being of my family,” and 64% of parent responders also “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that “The program has helped stretch our household dollars to be used for other critical family needs.” One parent stated how thankful she is for the School Pantry program because “it helps us to eat healthy, nutritious meals throughout the month.”

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $8,615,556.00
Projected Expenses $8,537,765.00
Audit Documents
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$36,145,426$30,139,593$31,164,471
Government Contributions$4,193,044$3,922,532$543,217
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$4,193,044$3,922,532$543,217
Individual Contributions------
$93,741$123,932$338,634
$1,985,181$1,767,467$1,215,776
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,783$1,784$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$425,371$267,224$182,552
Revenue In-Kind$36,665,043$30,396,175$28,950,792
Other$60,358$169,680$181,351
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$42,131,098$34,775,074$32,246,183
Administration Expense$524,610$749,547$607,659
Fundraising Expense$519,521$496,629$560,419
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.011.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%97%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$9,876,373$10,489,295$9,927,432
Current Assets$2,965,253$3,204,600$3,085,737
Long-Term Liabilities$2,185,014$2,322,824$2,827,566
Current Liabilities$456,113$645,520$299,264
Total Net Assets$7,235,246$7,520,951$6,800,602
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.504.9610.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets22%22%28%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2017
Comments
Organization Comments The projected income and expenses for calendar year 2017 represent just the cash budget.  The Lowcountry Food Bank receives and distributes over 20 million pounds of donated and purchased food which is accounted for in the audited financial statements. 
Nonprofit LOWCOUNTRY FOOD BANK INC
Address 2864 AZALEA DR
CHARLESTON , SC 29405
Primary Phone (843) 747-8146
Contact Email kkelley@lcfbank.org
CEO/Executive Director Patricia S Walker
Board Chair Mrs. Martha McNeil
Board Chair Company Affiliation Morgan Stanley
Year of Incorporation 1984