Mickey Bakst knew this would happen. Rally the hospitality industry together around a cause, let them go, and see the good karma pile up.

Since launching Charleston Chefs Feed the Need six months ago, Bakst, the general manager of Charleston Grill, has seen his friends and colleagues serve 14,000 meals and save the local food banks $42,000. Of course, he’s not all that surprised. Charleston’s F&B community is famously generous and even got recognized by the City of Charleston for its charity work.

A press release sent out this week says the program will continue into 2010 and has gained six new contributors, bringing the total to 58 participating restaurants, caterers, and hotels.

Each week, a different company takes charge of providing meals to a rotating collection of organizations: Tricounty Family Ministries, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Crisis Ministries, and Neighborhood House. Bakst says that those donated meals save the charities about $1,500 per week.

Good work.