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Pack2Feed Needs Help!February 08, 2017
When you live in a rural area, the struggles of food insecurity are magnified. Grocery stores can be miles away. Public transportation is basically non-existent. Prices at corner markets can be high. Jobs are scarce. All of these factors combine to make life even more difficult for families who are already struggling.
That's why the Harvest Hope Food Bank Pack2Feed program is so important to communities across South Carolina. To help those in need who are unable to reach our emergency food pantries or partner agencies, we dispatch trucks with pre-packed boxes of food to help remote families and populations ensure that no child faces an empty plate, that no parent has to choose between their own meal and a child’s, and that no senior has to choose between food and medical care.
However, this program is not cheap to run. Each box contains 21 meals, and we distribute more than 5,000 boxes a month. That’s 105,000 meals going to the most isolated and insecure communities in our state. In rural counties, it’s not uncommon to see child hunger rates as high as 30%, meaning one in three children will miss at least one meal a month.
That’s why we need businesses to help sponsor our Pack2Feed program. For amounts from $1,000 a month to sponsor 100 boxes, all the way up to fully funding the program for $50,000 to fully fund the program, there are many ways for a business to help those in need. What’s more, the program offers great team building opportunities, as employees have the opportunity to come together at our facility and pack the boxes.
The Pack2Feed program has a presence in 20 counties ranging all the way from Greenville to Dillon County and is a wonderful opportunity for a company to show compassion and care for the most vulnerable residents of our state. If you would like more information, give Harvest Hope Food Bank a call at 803-254-4432 and ask for Chuck Backman.
Liberty Tax Hosting Food Drive Dec 1st to 31stDecember 05, 2016
Liberty Tax Service will be holding a "One Can CAN" Food Drive from December 3rd through 31st. Because ONE Can CAN make a difference for those in need this holiday season. 100% of all donations will go directly to the Harvest Hope Food Bank. Consumers can drop off their canned donations at any of the 25 area Liberty Tax Service locations in the Midlands area. Harvest Hope Food Bank donation boxes will be placed at each store location by December 3rd, and donationas accepted through end of December.
As a Thank You for helping others in our community, anyone that brings in a canned good, receives $50 off their 2016 filing fees at Liberty Tax Service.
MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
Fruit (pop-tops, if available)
Soups Chicken noodle, tomato
Any pop-top cans (tuna, etc)
Peanut Butter Rice
TEGNA Foundation Provides $5,000 for Pack-2-Feed ProgramNovember 18, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received $5,000 from the TEGNA Foundation to provide for the Pack-2Feed program in Richland County. The grant provided by the organizations will be enough for over 10,000 meals for those struggling with hunger.
In Richland County, more than one in six individuals faces food insecurity, and one in four children face hunger on a daily basis. Harvest Hope provides meals for approximately 38,000 individuals a week, and as the holidays approach, the need will only increase. The Pack-2-Feed program provides low and moderate income families with boxes that contain 21 servings of food.
“It surprises people that so many people go hungry even in one of the more well of counties in the state,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “Grants like this are critical to helping families who are in crises gain some stability and to ensure that children don’t go to sleep hungry.”