Press Release: Family Supply Network’s Building the Basics Challenge summer 2017 drive

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shelli Quenga, 843-224-7875

Building the Basics Challenge: Teams Compete to Stack Up TP and Toothpaste for Lowcountry Families

North Charleston, SC — Palmetto Project, a statewide nonprofit organization, is hosting the first-of-its-kind personal and home care product competition called Building the Basics Challenge, beginning Monday, July 10, to benefit Lowcountry families and individuals in need. Businesses, churches, and other groups who wish to participate should organize their team and register by 5 PM on Friday, July 7, at  A variety of awards such as Largest Donation, Best in Show, and Best Use of Most-Needed Items will be voted on by a panel of volunteer celebrity judges, and winners will receive soon-to-be-coveted Golden Toilet Paper Rolls in early August.

“The Building the Basics Challenge promises to be a fun, creative opportunity for groups in the Tri-County to build teamwork while supporting a great cause in their community,” says Steve Skardon, executive director.  “Can you imagine an adult trying to keep a steady job or a child doing well in school without being able to wash their clothes, brush their teeth, and shower with shampoo and soap regularly? Of course not. But it’s the unfortunate reality for many families in the greater-Charleston area, and that’s why we’re hosting this event.”

Building the Basics Challenge teams will compete to collect the largest number of personal and household cleaning products and create a structure out of the collected items.  Products will be collected and structures will be assembled at participant groups’ locations during the event and later will be donated to Palmetto Project’s Family Supply Network program – an  initiative to collect and distribute non-food personal care and household essentials in partnership with agencies that serve low-income or otherwise vulnerable populations in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.

Currently, safety net services for low-income families such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) do not cover items such as feminine hygiene products, deodorant, and laundry detergent. In addition, non-profit organizations such as social service agencies, disability boards, and senior centers often have to compete for limited donations and resources and as a result are unable to meet all of their clients’ needs. Family Supply Network was birthed out of recognition that many local low-income families need these types of products in addition to food assistance so that they can focus on bigger goals and maintain stable employment and health.  

In a recent nationally-representative study conducted by Feeding America, over one-third of low-income families in the survey reported difficulty in affording basic household goods in the past year. A majority of these families often have to cut back on food purchases or skip doing dishes, washing laundry, or using shampoo in order to compensate for their lack of household essentials.

Contact Palmetto Project at (843) 577-4122 ext. 121 or via email at with any questions.



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