The Lowcountry Food Bank is expanding in the Myrtle Beach area.
On Wednesday, the food bank announced plans for a new 20,000-square foot facility in the Socastee area.
The Lowcountry food bank, which serves people in Horry and Georgetown counties, says the new, regional food distribution center’s location is more convenient and will help them get fresh produce to those who need it most.
The president of Food Lion came to the area to present a gift to support the expansion.
Meg Ham, President of Food Lion, says “it is an exciting day for Food Lion and the Lowcountry Food Bank and we are here celebrating an investment we are making to the towns we serve and the Grand Strand of $300,000 to retrofit this facility we serve here.”
The new facility is on Frontage road off of the Highway 17 bypass near Palmetto Pointe Boulevard.
Food Lion Feeds will also donate 25 pallets of food to the new center, which will be distributed to the community, a press release from the food bank says.
According to the release, the new distribution center will include an expanded cooler space to store fresh food and an enlarged freezer space to hold more frozen food items.
The food bank served 200,000 people in 2017, the release also says. Nearly 50% of those served are seniors and children.
Final touches are still being made and the grand opening is set for October.
For more information on the food bank, visit their website.