FOOD PANTRY

What is the program about?

Many children who rely on free and reduced price lunches during school year go home to meager or no meals on weekends. The Shifa Clinic Child Hunger Prevention program works to fill that gap.

How does the Program work?

On Fridays children of Eagle Nest Elementary School receive a Food Sack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week. The children are selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and various after school programs. The food is given discretely to kids with their parents permission.The school has a consent form which is signed by parents and kept on record with school.  The children come down to School Counselor area every Friday between 1:30 and 2:00 to get their bag. The teachers are all aware of this process and send them down.

Please Help Fill Our Backpacks for Hungry Children!

We started the program with 5 children per month in 2014 currently we serve 80 food bags a month. You can help by either by donating towards this program or give us the supplies needed. Please consider picking up a few extra items when you are out shopping.

Examples of food needed:

 

Breakfast Items Snack Items Lunch/Dinner Items
Cereal Apple sauce Mac and cheese
Breakfast bars Chips Beef Ravioli
Fruit cups Pudding Spaghetti-Os
Oatmeal Granola bars Ramen Noodles
Yogurt cereal bars Fruit Snacks Cup O Noodles
Crackers Mashed Potatoes (dry packet)
Juice box Starkist Tuna
Raisins Vienna Chicken Sausage
Yogurt Corn Cups
Jiff Peanut Butter To Go

How do I drop off the donation?

You can deliver at our clinic of any day from Monday through Friday 8.30-4 pm

How many bags of food do you provide monthly?

We are currently providing 80 bags per month.

What grades are the children in?

They can be from any grade K-5.

What about extended breaks?

Currently our program is only for weekends in school year. We do not deliver during winter and summer break.

Will we be provided the names of the children?

No the school authorities have stated that this is against FERPA and the identity of the child and family will not be disclosed. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask or email us at shifa.sc@icanrelief.org.

Clients are able to choose the amount of food they are allocated according to their family size and are able to choose from items such as fresh produce, frozen meats, eggs, milk, and other canned
items. Our Pantry also has USDA food products stocked daily when available during operating hours. Due to the high volume of requests for this program, families and/or individuals may only
apply one time per month.

In addition to on-site food pantry we delivery monthly grocery supplies to 25 families in need referred tous by HALOS and Charleston Disability board.

WE ARE ONE OF THE 25 AGENCY CHOSEN AS THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS PANTRY BY LOW COUNTRY FOOD BANK

The Lowcountry Food Bank envisions a Wellness Pantry as a place that supports the health and well-being of their clients.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement  – This information is provided based on guidance from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Spanish  – Declaracion sobre la prohibicion de la Discriminacion USDA

All recipients are treated with the utmost confidentiality.

If you would like to make a donation of non-perishable food items or if you are in need or know of someone in need, please call or email us.

Ways you can help for Food Pantry

1) VOLUNTEER : We are always in need of volunteer to help with home deliveries, stocking and arranging the pantry , help with picking up supplies from Low Country food bank.

2) HOST A PARTY with a theme that focuses on donating to the hungry? When you invite loved ones over to your house, tell them to bring a few nonperishable food items. Along with chatting and eating, your friends and family will be doing good for needy people. After the party, bring all the items you collected to our clinic.

3) GIVE MONEY : We buy food at wholesale, bulk, or other discounted rates, from Low Country Food bank, meaning that we can get a large amount of food for a small amount of money.. And when we has a plethora of rice and beans but not enough fruit or vegetables, money you donate can help us fill in the gaps of whatever food they’re missing.

4) MAKE A HOLIDAY DONATION IN SOMEONE ELSE’S NAME. Though tangible gifts for holidays and birthdays are often top of mind, consider eschewing physical items to instead make a monetary donation in someone else’s name. Feeding America
offers an eCard you can send to people when you make a donation in their name. And if you recently lost a loved one, you can make a memorial donation to honor his or her memory and ask that others do the same.

5) IF YOU’RE AN AVID GARDENER, We ACCEPT FRESH PRODUCE.

6) THINK OUTSIDE THE KITCHEN. We also accept cosmetics and hygiene products. Besides the obvious canned foods, you might be able to donate baby food, diapers, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, soap, and toothpaste. If you’re not sure about a certain item, please call us ahead of time to see if we accept those items and have a need.

7) DON’T FORGET SPICES AND CONDIMENTS. Most food banks get a ton of staple foods, but they’re often lacking in spices and condiments. Although salt and pepper aren’t essential, hungry people do use and greatly appreciate
seasonings. Salt, pepper, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and Sriracha are versatile items that can improve the taste of many dishes.

Funding Provided In Part By: http://sistersofcharitysc.com/ WOMEN INSPIRED THROUGH STORIES and the generous individual contributions of people like you.