From staff reports
United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC) has received $2,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed local neighbors in their time of need.
UWLC will use the gift to purchase non-perishable food items and water to include in backpacks for people experiencing homelessness in Beaufort and Jasper counties.
“We’re extremely grateful for the support of the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation,” UWLC President and CEO Dale Douthat said in a news release. “The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have put more of our neighbors at risk of entering homelessness. This gift will help us provide a bit of comfort during trying times.”
The UWLC Homeless Backpack program provides items that are often difficult for anyone homeless to obtain on their own. Each backpack includes an assortment of basic necessities including non-perishable food, water and hygiene products. They are distributed through UWLC partner agencies as well as through direct contact with individuals in need.
The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity across its 10-state footprint. Established in 2001, the foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding local neighbors in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants.