I need food — are any local food banks open?

Posted by Jeff Shain

Calls to several outlets and churches show it’s still a fluid situation, as pantries themselves assess their own hurricane aftermath.

“We are taking it day by day,” said Bruce Algar, administrator at Second Helpings. “We have many trucks and volunteers scattered throughout the county, but it’s still a little problematical right now.”

Our Lady’s Pantry in Beaufort will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, after workers spend today making repairs. “We’re going to fix damages today,” director Eric Phillips said, “but tomorrow anybody that needs food can come by.”

Bluffton Self Help, at 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10, will reopen for food and clothing distribution at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

A limited supply of nonperishable food items, as well as a limited supply of clothing, will be available for neighbors in need. Current BSH clients will need their swipe card to access services. Non-clients will need to bring a photo ID in order to receive food or clothing this week.

Hours of operation for the remainder of the week: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Donations of food are welcomed and will be accepted during any hours of operation. For additional information, call 843-757-8000.

Other food pantries are operated by HELP of Beaufort, and the Lowcountry Food Bank in Yemassee, but calls Tuesday were met with either a busy signal or no answer.

If you know of a food bank that plans to opens its doors, please email