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Magnolia collecting ‘a ton’ of food for local food bank

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013

For the second consecutive year, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will collect food during the holiday season to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank.

In November and December, bring one or more non-perishable healthy food item to Magnolia to receive a special discount off the general garden admission. Buy one garden admission for $15 and get the second one free. This offer begins Nov. 1. It expires Dec. 31.

Tom Johnson, Magnolia’s executive director, said, “The food drive is back by popular demand. This year, we want to collect more than a ton of food. Last year we collected a ton of food. We want to equal or surpass that amount this year.”

Johnson has renewed a call that other companies, particularly those in the hospitality industry, also collect food for the food bank.

For the third year in a row, Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award has named Charleston the nation’s top tourist destination. Johnson said, “We live in one of America’s most picturesque and historic cities, therefore, no one should be without in a city voted the best tourist destination in the country.”

Established in 1983, the Lowcountry Food Bank feeds the needy in ten coastal South Carolina counties by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies.

For this project, Magnolia is also working in association with the Venturing Crew 1676 of the Boy Scouts of America. Food collected at Magnolia will be turned over to the Crew for delivery to the food bank’s headquarters on Azalea Avenue in North Charleston.

Food will be collected until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The buy-one-get-one-free offer applies to adult and children admission prices to the gardens. The discount does not apply to admission to guided and unguided tours.

Guests are asked to donate useable food items that have not expired. The healthy foods that support the Food Bank’s nutritional initiative are:

• Protein products such as peanut butter, canned chicken, salmon and tuna in water.

• Dried lentils and beans.

• Bread, flour and cereals should include whole wheat flour, 100 percent whole grain cereals and brown rice.

• Low or no salt, low and sugar free canned fruits and vegetables.

• Snacks such as dried fruit and reduce or sugar free cookies.

For details on the foods that best serve the Food Bank’s mission, visit: http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/hope.

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