“You have to swallow your pride to go someplace to ask for help, but that’s what Harvest Hope is there for. At least they are there to help people get through a difficult time.” - 61-year-old married couple

For more than four years Harvest Hope has experienced a continuing increase in the number of people coming to us for food, and has seen how poverty and hunger impacts the lives of many who never thought they would be forced to ask for help. The face of poverty and hunger is likely the face of your next door neighbor, or someone equally as close to you. They may be someone in your family – an aunt or uncle, someone living on a fixed income who struggles daily to put food on their table. Many are too proud to admit that after a life of hard work they find themselves in need of help from others. They starve in silence.

β€œI have a job but expenses are hard to meet and I have to prioritize my resources. I learned to survive in a different way. The hardest part is accepting that I cannot provide for my family.” - 46 year old female

In South Carolina over 17% of the population live in poverty, and over 23% of South Carolina children live below the poverty line. That means one in six South Carolina families will not have enough food to feed themselves each night. Harvest Hope continues its outreach to provide for those who struggle to provide for themselves:

  • Harvest Hope provided food to almost 2 million SC individuals last year.
  • 343,400 (18%) people across Harvest Hope’s 20 county service area do not know where their next meal will come from.
  • 54% of South Carolina’s elderly population can’t afford to pay for both medicine and food.

Trying to cover all the bases financially can be stressful, and Harvest Hope strives to reduce stress for hard-working or unemployed people coping with poverty. We help by providing food when they need it, enough to get them through a period of crisis. Our records show most of those coming to us directly for help visit us just three times in the course of a year. Those few visits get them through an uncertain time and then they can restore balance to their lives.

“My wife and I were a little ashamed, I’ll be honest. How do you ask someone for help with getting food? But they really understood our emergency and I felt like they cared for us.” - 27-year-old husband and father

When the economic crisis first hit the nation in 2008, we heard a lot about financial institutions that were “too big to fail.” For the communities we serve, Harvest Hope is the institution that is too big to fail. The hungry of these communities, and the various agencies that partner with us to feed them, depend on Harvest Hope too much.

Harvest Hope will find the means to be there for the hungry and provide the food that is the Hope for the hopeless. We are the bridge between your compassion and generosity and the homes where hunger relief is needed. Help us help them.

“I never expected my life would come to this but humility is a lesson everyone should learn through. I am thankful Harvest Hope is a resource and I hope there will be a time when I can show my appreciation to them to give back.” - 46 year old mother of three