Lowcountry Food Bank kicks off 'Hunger Action Day'

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's "Spoon-tember," also known as Hunger Action Month.

Food bank workers across the country wore orange Thursday to remind their communities of the 49 million people nationwide who struggle with hunger.

One local food bank held a special food distribution event in conjunction with the nationwide initiative.

The Lowcountry Food Bank kicked off Sept. 3's "Hunger Action Day" by transforming the awareness campaign into action.

Board members and staff stood side by side Thursday morning for a special food delivery at Gussie Green Community Center in North Charleston.

The group prepared 10,000 pounds of food to give to neighbors who got in line as early as 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. distribution.

Carrots, sweet potatoes and other produce filled grocery bags.

Food bank representatives said the early turnout proves there's a real demand for fresh food here in the Lowcountry.

The group hopes Thursday's event will inspire others to get involved; Hunger Action Day is one day a year, but the issue is ongoing.

President and CEO Pat Walker said the group's big picture is focused on creating awareness as well as creating a spirit of community involvement.

She hoped the day's event will spread the idea of, "I can do something to help solve this problem in my community."

The food bank is "in constant motion," Walker said, to get foods into the hands of those who need it.

Each year, the Lowcountry Food Bank feeds approximately 200,000 people, which requires about 25 million pounds of food.

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