The Market at Bluffton Self Help plays an integral part in supporting families who need assistance. More than 850 families rely on The Market for groceries annually, and 670 bags of groceries are shopped for each week.
The Market distributes 12,000 canned or boxed goods every month. On average more than 300 households receive 10 non-perishables each week in addition to hygiene items, milk, eggs, meat and fresh produce.
With children out of school during the summer months, even more neighbors will turn to The Market for help.
Beaufort County is one of the most expensive places to live in South Carolina. The average household grocery bill has gone up $395 a month compared to last year, according to Bluffton Self Help.
As the cost of living continues to rise, so does the need. Neighbors have turned to The Market at Bluffton Self Help 10 percent more than last year.
“Many families also experience higher utility bills and childcare costs over the summer, which puts a strain on their budget,” said Danielle Dekruif, Bluffton Self Help’s Marketing & Communications Manager.
Recently the community rallied together to help stock the shelves at The Market, and Bluffton Self Help was able to provide more than 4,000 bags of groceries to neighbors facing food insecurity.
Bluffton Self Help relies on the generosity of the community and nonprofit partners for each single non-perishable item on the shelves.
Through financial donations, Bluffton Self Help can purchase fresh, nutritious foods to supplement deliveries from Second Helpings.