Food Banks seeing bare shelves, asking for donations

"This month is going to be crucial for us," Jack Little, Executive Director for East Cooper Community Outreach, said.

Little said the need for food is critical.

"It's not just people who aren't working or are working poor. It's people from all walks of life," Little said.

He said just this week, four times as many requests for food have come in as they usually have.

All summer long, he said it was a struggle to provide people with the food they needed. Little said food is in high-demand in the summer, mainly because children are out of school, and families are needing to put more on the table.

He said neighborhood food drives were needed just to get through the summer, and the situation isn't getting better fast enough.

A spokesperson for the Lowcountry Food Bank, which distributes food to agencies like ECCO, says most food banks are seeing bare shelves. She said there has been a 30 percent increase in demand.

Little said a food bank on James Island called him today asking for food, but he had to say no.

"We told them we were out, " Little said.

He said in order to feed those in need, not just in East Cooper, but all over the Lowcountry, they need more donations.

"We're expecting things to get better, but it's going to take a while.

September is Hunger Action Month, and the Lowcountry Food Bank is promoting the "Skip a Lunch, Feed a Bunch" campaign. They're asking you to donate the equivalent of what you'd spend on lunch to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Every dollar raised can provide 10 meals.