November 22, 2013
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A BI-LO associate helps an Edisto Beach, S.C. resident load groceries into his car. The Lowcountry Food Bank provided food to area residents while the town’s former Piggly Wiggly was being converted to BI-LO store No. 5742.​

About 100 Edisto Beach, S.C. families are not going hungry, thanks to the new BI-LO No. 5742 Nov. 6.

Eight associates of the store, which recently became a BI-LO after Bi-Lo Holdings acquired the store with 21 others from Piggly Wiggly, worked with the Lowcountry Food Bank to distribute 20-pound boxes of food to families on Edisto Island while the store was closed for a five-day conversion. The beach community is small and while the store was closed, the next closest full grocery store was more than 40 miles away.

Food assistance boxes included a variety of nonperishable foods (canned spinach, green beans, mixed vegetables, fruits, beef stew), tuna, rice and cereal. A bag of fresh, seasonal produce was added to each box, designed to help feed a family of four.

“Families, children and seniors on Edisto Island received essential food assistance thanks to Bi-Lo’s generous support,” shared Lowcountry Food Bank President and CEO, Pat Walker. “Their corporate philanthropy is an inspiration to our community and the Lowcountry Food Bank is honored to call Bi-Lo a valued partner and friend.”

BI-LO provided funding to the food bank to underwrite the food assistance boxes. Members of the Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island helped BI-LO associates during the two-hour mobile food pantry distribution.

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