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Jim Hudson Automotive Presents $200,000August 19, 2016
Jim Hudson Automotive Presents $200,000 To Provide 1,000,000 Meals to Struggling Families in the Midlands
Today Jim Hudson presented a gift of $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank to support their needs during the critical summer months. Matching grants from Toyota and Lexus also contributed to this fund.
“We believe that we have a responsibility to give back to the areas we serve,” explained Hudson.
Harvest Hope is affiliated with the “Feeding America” national network, fighting to end the food insecurity which threatens children’s development. This is the fifth year in a row that the Jim Hudson Automotive Group has offered a gift to Harvest Hope Food Bank at this level, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to families in need.
Mission of Harvest Hope is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.
Nothing Goes to Waste: Re-soil Success StoryMay 27, 2016
As the largest food bank in South Carolina, we produced 750,000 pounds or 375 tons of organic waste from food product donations and purchases last year. Recognizing we could not continue to send this much compostable waste to local landfills, we began to look at ways of composting, either as an internal function of the food bank or externally with a partner agency.
In the spring of 2016, we joined the Stop Food Waste South Carolina collaborative. This group is a consortium of public and private organizations who came together to ensure food that still meets appropriate food safety guidelines is donated to local food banks, soup kitchens, pantries, and other organizations that feed those in need in our state.
Stop Food Waste South Carolina also looks at ways to assist businesses and industries in increasing the amount of organic waste that is composted versus finding its way to landfills annually. It is at the initial meeting of this group where we first met representatives of Re-Soil (pictured above), the Midland's first composting company located in Elgin, South Carolina.
Conversations during that meeting led to follow-up discussions and a pilot project with Re-Soil. However, we have experienced challenges in staging organic waste for delivery and composting. Yet, since April of 2016, 10,000 pounds or 5 tons of organic waste has been composted and diverted from landfills. As challenges are overcome, it is anticipated that this process will divert approximately 60 tons of organic waste per year from local landfills.
We are thrilled to find innovative new ways to improve our local environment with Re-soil!
SC Retailers Donate Almost $130,000May 26, 2016
The South Carolina Retail Association and its retail member companies presented $129,889 in food and cash contributions to the South Carolina Food Bank Association. The presentation took place during a press conference at the South Carolina Legislative Building and included cash and in-kind donations that will go a long way toward hunger relief. The donations are a reminder that 16.4% of South Carolinians—1 in 6—are food insecure on a regular basis.
“Meeting our community’s hunger needs is always very important, even more so as the school year winds down,” said Jones Dubose, (pictured above, left) Chairman of the Harvest Hope Food Bank, a member of the South Carolina Food Bank Association. “The South Carolina Food Bank Association looks toward the year ahead, yet, we are still reasonably pressed to meet the needs of hungry families, children and seniors in our community. This summer, as we have seen every summer, food banks all over South Carolina will face an increase in families coming to their doors for help. Also, we must not forget about the countless multitude of flood victims that are still recovering from the flood this past October. Several months after the flood, we continue to provide help to fight hunger and flood recovery will continue for a long time.”
Participating retailers included Badcock Home Furniture & More, Floco Foods operating as KJ’s Market and IGA, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Publix, Rite Aid, Walgreens, W. Lee Flowers and Walmart. These retailers donated truckloads of food and personal care products for people across the state. In-kind donations of cereal, canned goods, peanut butter, rice and paper hygiene products will be particularly helpful as the organization works to meet a variety of needs facing South Carolinians.
“Our purpose today is to shine a light on the serious need to help South Carolina’s residents who experience food insecurity,” said South Carolina Retail Association Executive Director Lindsey Kueffner (pictured above, right) who presented the South Carolina Food Bank Association with a $14,000 cash contribution from the Retail Association. “The Feeding America food banks in South Carolina cover all 46 counties and provide food assistance for an estimated 794,000 people annually or about 1 in 6 South Carolinians. We hope that those who hear this message will be motivated to dig a little deeper, buy a few extra canned goods when they do their shopping and contribute to or volunteer at the Food Banks across our state.”
Senator Thomas Alexander (pictured above) from Oconee was in attendance and reiterated the need for organizations to feed the hungry. “I’d like to applaud this partnership and the tremendous efforts put forth by the SC Retail Association and the SC Food Bank Association to feed the hungry,” said Senator Alexander. “I’m so thankful to these organizations for bringing awareness to this critical need. As they say, a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Representative Murrell Smith (pictured above) from Sumter also expressed appreciation for the donations and the work being done by the food banks. “As an elected official and representative in the South Carolina House, I treasure those moments when I can play an even small part in impacting the lives of our citizens,” Representative Smith said. “Even with the noise that often surrounds us and priorities that fill our days, I am thankful to the SC Retail Association for remembering that there are people still in need. I commend South Carolina’s retailers for their contributions to the SC Food Bank Association today.”
The South Carolina Retail Association encourages others to donate to the South Carolina Food Bank Association online at: www.scfoodbankassociation.org.