CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) announced Tuesday that it is one of the recipients of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan’s November 2020 donation to Feeding America.
The donations came from the proceeds of the documentary series, The Last Dance.
LCFB will receive a portion of donation to support highest-need communities, with a focus on addressing racial disparities in hunger in food insecurity. Jordan’s gift was made in support of food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago.
“In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to pause and give thanks,” Jordan said. “I am proud to be donating proceeds from “The Last Dance” to help feed America’s hungry.”
Brenda Shaw, Chief Development Officer at the Lowcountry Food Bank, said that they will be using the money to help those in need in North Charleston communities.
“Our neighbors here in North Charleston do live in a food desert so they don’t have access to a full service grocery store and the public transportation doesn’t necessarily go to grocery stores,” said Shaw.
She said that the food bank has seen a 700% increase in the amount of people coming through their doors in need of emergency food assistance, so the grant from Jordan came at the right time.
Shaw added that by Jordan donating the money, it shows how much he wants to help the communities that shaped him.
“It’s very exciting for us to know that we’re going to get this gift and to know he really cares about the communities where he grew up, where he worked and so it’s very exciting for all of us,” she said.
With experts projecting that there will continue to be issues with food scarcity in the area until at least early 2022, the Lowcountry Food Bank is continuing to think of new ways they can ensure that everyone has access to food.
“One of the things we’re really looking at right now is we’re using GIS mapping software to look at areas where the population doesn’t have access to grocery stores where we can do direct client distributions,” said Brenda Shaw.
The LCFB is meeting increased food needs while preparing for continued challenges in the months to come.
During March – November 2020, the LCFB distributed more than 12 million pounds of COVID-19 disaster relief food.
The following points illustrate the increased demand on the LCFB because of the COVID-19 pandemic. March through November 2020, the LCFB has distributed:
- More than 12 million pounds of COVID-19 disaster relief food
- More than 184,000 boxes of fresh produce
- More than 108,000 boxes of shelf-stable food
- More than 6,400 emergency COVID-19 disaster food boxes.
To donate to COVID-19 food relief efforts, click here.