Food Distribution Programs

From picking up donated food to food preparation and delivering food to the elderly in their homes, there are many ways to get involved. Feel free to contact our partnered programs to see how you might get involved.

BackPack Buddies of Seabrook

Backpack Buddies of Seabrook (BPBSI) is a non-profit, all volunteer group, whose mission is to send food home for the weekend for Mt. Zion Elementary and St. Johns High, Johns Island students. They receive breakfast and lunch during the week at school but, very often, are left to fend for themselves on the weekends.  Currently BPBSI provides about 75 children with three dinners, two breakfasts, fruit, juice, milk and nutritious snacks each weekend at a cost of approximately $5.00 per child per week. For more information: Joanne Threlfall at or 203-417-8518.

Fields to Families

We believe everyone deserves access to fresh produce! We grow, we collect, we harvest and we distribute free produce to people in need of food assistance.

Fields to Families serves as a link between local farms and community organizations who help feed the hungry. It is a three-step process: When farmers have fruit and vegetables that they can spare, either because they can't harvest them in time or because they simply can't use them, they contact Fields to Families.
Volunteers for Fields to Families are mobilized to those farms. When they get there, they spend some time in the dirt picking the unwanted produce.Those fruits and vegetables make their way to Lowcountry organizations that feed the hungry, including food pantries, soup kitchens, Meals on Wheels, shelters and churches. From there, the nutritious bounty is distributed to those in need. CONNECT ON FACEBOOK

Hebron Zion Emergency Food Pantry

Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church, 2915 Bohicket Rd, Johns Island, SC operates a weekly 60-Day Emergency Food Pantry that provides food for a short period of time to families and individuals who are in need of emergency food.  This pantry initially started as a food closet in 1990 and has expanded into a full fledge pantry that serves the community on Wednesday and Thursday weekly from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. On Saturday and Monday the pantry distributes vegetables and bakery goods. During 2015 this pantry distributed 47,994 pounds of food to 1,116 families representing 3,121 individuals.  As of February the pantry has distributed 7,894 pounds of food serving 148 families representing 425 individuals.

843-559-0865 - church

843-509-6232 - Leo Smith

Meals On Wheels of Charleston

Meals on Wheels (meals to the Sea Islands) is a program of Charleston Area Senior Citizens, 259 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401. They currently deliver an average of 35 home-delivered meals, Monday - Friday on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands with an increasing need for expansion.  There are meal drop off locations at Our Lady of Mercy and Wadmalaw Island Community Senior Center.  The meals include a hot entrée, milk, bread and fruit.  For more information:  or 843.722.4127.

Meals On Monday at Rockville Presbyterian Church

The Meals on Monday is an interdenominational faith-based program designed to prepare and deliver one nutritional meal a week to the senior citizens who live on Wadmalaw Island. The program is based out of Rockville Presbyterian Church.  We use fresh locally grown produce, meats and fish whenever feasible. Volunteers meet on Mondays at the church kitchen and prepare and deliver 85-100 meals weekly.  The program is funded by donations and a grant from the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club.

843-559-1056 - Church / Susan Cason

Sweetgrass Garden at 3121 Plow Ground Rd., Johns Island provides fresh, nutritious produce to the hungry on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Every Saturday morning from 8:00 am until noonvolunteers plant, harvest, weed, water, teach, learn, work and play. A pumpkin patch should be ready for the fall fundraiser that will focus on building a Sweetgrass Garden Hunger Awareness Center. This pavilion will support the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) and the entire community by hosting educational opportunities related to hunger including canning, pickling, cooking, nutrition and beekeeping classes. Please come join us any Saturday and work in the field or take a tour of the farm including the DHEC kitchen where we provide economic development opportunities for growing small businesses.
Contact Dale at (843) 270-0089 or Jennifer at (843) 330-7164.

St. James Bethel Food Pantry

Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Director Louise Brown

5305 Maybank Hwy, Wadmalaw Island

Temple Take-Out

The Temple Take-Out Ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church at 2718 River Road, Johns Island, SC prepares homemade meals and sandwiches for Seniors, 65 or older in need or with disabilities, living in the Johns and Wadmalaw Island communities. On the second Sunday of each month, homemade meals and sandwiches are delivered to homes or picked up after church services.

Wesley United Methodist Church: (843) 557-0316 - Mary D. Hill

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Sea Island Hunger Awareness Foundation

PO Box 268, Johns Island, SC  29457-0268

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