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Lowcountry Food Bank volunteers Betty L. Young (left) and Judy Bucknam prepare after-school meals at the Azalea Drive facility.

The Lowcountry Food Bank operates throughout the year, but the 32-year-old organization looms larger in mind at holiday time, when local need and the desire to help typically peak.

“Now more than ever, we need the grassroots support of our community,” says Grants Manager Kelly Kelley, pointing out that one in six Lowcountry residents deals with hunger.

So far this year, the food bank has distributed 24 million pounds of emergency food and served 185,000 meals to seniors and children. Kelley says the items the food bank needs most this season are rice, tuna, grits, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, dried or canned beans, canned fruits and vegetables, diapers and personal hygiene items. Cash donations are always accepted too.

The next volunteer orientation is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 24. For more information about volunteer opportunities and the food bank’s services, visit lowcountryfoodbank.org.