Free meals available for Lowcountry residents affected by Hurricane Matthew

In this July 29, 2015 photo, volunteer Peggy Bragg, of Des Moines, Iowa, unloads donated baked goods at the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry in Des Moines, Iowa. Food banks across the country are seeing surging demand for free groceries despite a growing economy and steadily declining unemployment rate, leading some charities to reduce the amount of food they offer each family. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(WCBD) — Thousands of free meals are being offered to people across the Lowcountry who are left without power following Hurricane Matthew.

On Wednesday, the Red Cross is serving hot meals at the Cross Community Center in Berkeley County (located at 1690 Old Highway 6, Cross, SC 29436). Lunch will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army is serving lunch and dinner on Wednesday at St. Johns Fire Station 3 located1932 Liberia Road in Wadmalaw.

The Lowcountry Food Bank is collaborating with the Feeding America network of food banks that spans the nation. Their partner agencies of shelters, soup kitchens, churches, nonprofit organizations and food pantries are getting much needed food to those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

“Based on updates from our partner agencies on the ground, we are actively prioritizing our response to Hurricane Matthew and addressing the highest need areas first,” shares Lowcountry Food Bank President and CEO, Pat Walker. “Through our distribution centers in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Yemassee, we have already distributed nearly 100,000 meals to the Lowcountry community.”

Those who would like to help with relied efforts can:

  • Donate monetarily – Just $1 can create 6 meals
  • Donate non-perishable ready to eat foods
  • Volunteer at the Lowcountry Food Bank
  • You can find out more at Lowcountryfoodbank.org

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