Good Catch Seafood Connection tackles food insecurity

South Carolina Aquarium, Cherry Point Seafood, the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College, Lowcountry Food Bank, and One80 Place are partnering to feed Charleston.

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Everyone’s invited to the boil. | Photo via South Carolina Aquarium

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When you’ve got a shoreline like Charleston’s, there’s more than enough seafood to go around. The trick is getting those meals in the hands of our neighbors who need them most — and that’s where South Carolina Aquarium comes in.

Partnering with local businesses and nonprofits, the newly launched Good Catch Seafood Connection plans to provide 5,000 meals to Charlestonians facing food insecurity.

Starting with a single catch, we’ll walk you through the participating organizations and their impact. Bonus: You can get involved.

Cherry Point Seafood

South Carolina Aquarium buys the seafood for Good Catch — 160 pounds of swordfish and shrimp — from Cherry Point Seafood. Family-owned and operated on Wadmalaw Island since 1933, the partnership supports sustainability and the local economy by keeping seafood local.

Culinary Institute of Charleston

Students at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College will prep and package the swordfish. Students will build their skills while cutting down on food waste.

Lowcountry Food Bank

About 1 in 8 South Carolina residents experience food insecurity according to the US Department of Agriculture. Lowcountry Food Bank has helped alleviate hunger for 200,000+ residents and counting, and will distribute meals packaged at the Culinary Institute through its network across coastal South Carolina.

One80 Place

That’s the life of a swordfish steak through Good Catch, but what about the rest? Cherry Point will send its shrimp to One80 Place, a local service which connects people experiencing homelessness with support services, job opportunities, and, ultimately, a home.

One80’s culinary trainees prepare the shrimp, then serve it up through the service’s community kitchen program to Charlestonians in need. That kitchen is staffed with volunteers — openings fill up fast, but you can sign up and help One80, help South Carolina Aquarium, and help Charleston.