CASC provides emergency food and monthly food boxes, emergency intervention and respite service, and vital household items to people in need. Clients may also access Benefits Bank and Economic Security Center Services.
CASC maintains two food pantries located in Charleston County:
Each client household receives enough food for one month.
Clients are asked to call ahead and make an appointment for food. Walk-in clients for emergency food will be served as soon as possible by CASC staff.
Clients must complete a brief application before receiving a box of food.
All clients are entered into Charity Tracker, a Tri-County data base for basic needs services.
Seniors can also access Benefits Bank Service. This free web-based program simplifies and centralizes the process of applying for many state and federal benefits for low and moderate-income individuals and families.
Households are limited to one appointment per month.
For more information about emergency food or Benefits Bank please email Ivory Mitchell.
CASC assists homeless and poor seniors in establishing and maintaining their households.
Needed items include:
Dates for Commodity Box Pickup for 2012:
Hunger among those 50+ has jumped 80% since 2001. South Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of seniors who are at risk of being hungry.
46% of emergency food clients report having to choose between paying for utilities or heating fuel and food.
Nearly 1 out of every 3 seniors skip at least one meal a day.
Canned food drives and donations of canned meat help fill our food pantries.
Please consider conducting a food drive – help us to help a senior in need.
Suggested non-perishable items include:
For more information about organizing a food drive in your community or religious group, please email us here.
Frequently, CASC staff make emergency house calls to assess seniors in crisis. Referrals are received from local police departments, pastors, hospitals, concerned neighbors and family members. Most common problems encountered:
For more information about assistance for a senior in need, please email Ms. Yvonne Cooper.