There’s a simple and cool way to help feed the hungry while you’re here on vacation.

When you are staying in a Charleston beach house, food’s a big component of a successful vacation.

Speaking of which  –  Happy National Fried Chicken Day!  Yes, that is really a thing, and it’s today.  In honor of this momentous occasion, Harris-Teeter is offering a whole bucket for just $4.99.  Talk about a great way to feed your clan.

Here’s a link outlining all the specials at chicken places across the country, from the folks at Fortune Magazine.

You have plenty of grocery shopping options 


There’s nothing like gathering in the kitchen, family and friends all cooperating together to put a home-cooked meal on the table.  Luckily our vacation homes are conveniently outfitted with gourmet kitchens to do just that.

Thankfully, the Isle of Palms has its own full-service grocery store once again, as Harris-Teeter is in the spot that housed the old Red & White for decades.  There’s also an unbelievable abundance of grocery shopping options just over the IOP Connector in Mount Pleasant.   Just about every chain around is represented, and they are all a short drive away.

With the acquisition of Piggly Wiggly Carolina, Mount Pleasant now boasts six large Harris-Teeters in Mount Pleasant alone (not counting those downtown or in West Ashley)… not to mention multiple Publix, Wal-Marts, BiLo, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and a Whole Foods.  And last but certainly not least – a brand new Costco (!) will be opening later this summer in Mount Pleasant.  It’s just up Highway 17 North, near Wando High School and an easy drive from the Isle of Palms.

So in other words, you’ll have plenty of convenient options to stock your fridge.

Help feed the hungry after your visit


So there you are in your Charleston beach house.  You’ve had a glorious week full of sun, fun and merriment, and Saturday morning is here  –  time to check out.  Even though everyone seemed to eat to their heart’s content, there’s still a bunch of food left in the fridge, freezers and pantry.  You don’t really feel like schlepping it home in the car or heaven forbid, try to take it with you on the plane.

Well, a wonderful charitable option is available that allows you to help feed the hungry, thanks to the Isle of Palms Methodist Church.  It’s the pretty white church in the dog leg of the road, where 21st Avenue comes into Palm Boulevard.  Their address is 12  21st Avenue.

Each Saturday morning until Labor Day, they collect any unopened food items you might have and distribute it to the local non-profit food bank, East Cooper Community Outreach (aka ECCO).  They call it Loaves and Fishes, named after Jesus’ famous miracle of feeding thousands of people with just five loaves and two fish.  It’s a creative and practical way to share the bounty and feed the hungry in our community.

Not only do they take typical dry pantry items, they also take fruit, vegetables, bread and frozen foods.  Collection takes place in front of the church from 9:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. every Saturday till the end of the summer season.

Here’s a link to the church’s website.

So feel free to stock your beach house with groceries galore… and know that any extra won’t have to go to waste.  And remember to call EP when you’re looking to book the perfect one for your friends and family.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger