March 16, 2015
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BI-LO representatives take part in the Sweet 16 Celebration of the Chef’s Feast where beautiful ice sculptures celebrating 16 years were seen throughout . (From Left: Robert Vendrick, Alissa Crankshaw, Chris Mathis, Miranda Major, Bill Scales)​

Members of the BI-LO Charleston region came together Feb. 22 for a one-of–a-kind 16thAnnual Lowcountry Food Banks Chef’s Feast in Charleston, S.C. The fundraising gala is led by Chef Robert Carter, founder of Chef’s Feast, and is a collaboration between the Lowcountry Food Bank and nearly 30 of the area's most well known chefs who offer up delectable bites – both savory and sweet – for attendees to enjoy.

As attendees entered the gala event first saw an ice sculpture celebrating the event and then were treated to samplings of food from throughout the North Charleston arena. Guests tried the delicious selections from the various restaurants that ranged in offerings from Frito pie, savory short ribs, elegant crab cakes to chocolate delights. Beyond the array of food offerings, guests enjoyed the sounds of the Ray Michaels Band and an opportunity to meet the Lowcountry's own celebrity chefs as they served up signature dishes throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the Chefs' Feast benefit of the Lowcountry Food Bank's childhood hunger programs which include Kids Cafe, Backpack Buddies, School Pantry. Summer Feeding programs, which alleviate after-school, weekend and summer hunger for Lowcountry children, also benefit from proceeds. Through support of the gala, donations, and community events the food bank provided 112,039 backpacks, 71,401 meals through summer feeding program, 190,000 pounds of food to school pantries and 200,000 meals prepared through the Kids Café program last year; surely making an impact on childhood hunger in the Lowcountry. While Charleston attracts food lovers from around the world for the southern dishes and innovative offerings, in the midst of the flourishing food scene, one out of four Lowcountry children experiences hunger.

“The Chefs Feast was a great event and a true expression of the Lowcountry culinary community coming together for one common cause,” stated BI-LO District Director Bill Scales. “Childhood hunger is something that as a community we have to recognize and this event is just one of the many ways BI-LO supports the Lowcountry food bank as a dedicated partner in the fight against hunger.”

BI-LO supports the Lowcountry Food Bank through various donation programs; food drives, and backpack programs throughout the year to help alleviate hunger for an estimated 200,000 people throughout the food bank’s 10-county area.

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