BI-LO stores closing will have impact on local food bank

BI-LO stores closing will have impact on local food bank
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - With four BI-LO stores closing in our area – the Lowcountry Food Bank is expected to have a nearly 100,000 meal gap.

BI-LO announced last week that four stores are closing in the Lowcountry – all of which donated goods to food bank.

The Lowcountry Food Bank services 10 counties in the Lowcountry and feeds about 200,000 people.

"Donations are super important for us to feed those in our community who are in need of food," said Kathryn Douglas, the Lowcountry Food Bank's chief development officer.

Douglas said anytime you have a retail partner that closes, like the four BI-LO stores, there is going to be an impact in meals you can provide.

"We knew that was going to be a loss of about 93,000 meals," Douglas said about the four stores closing.

Douglas said the Lowcountry Food Bank distributes 28 million pounds of food each year which equates to roughly 93 million meals.

While the gap of 93,000 will have an impact, Douglas added it is manageable since it's about four percent of the meals they provide.

"We have 26 other stores in our community that are still actively giving to us so we feel confident that between BI-LO's continued commitment to us as well as the community at large – we will be able to close that gap so that we won't have any people in the Lowcountry who are going hungry tonight," Douglas said.

Douglas said for every dollar donated the food bank is able to create six meals.

She added food drives help tremendously as well.

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