• 2018 Volunteer Luncheon

    April 19, 2018

    On April 4, 2018, Harvest Hope Food Bank volunteers in the Midlands were treated to a luncheon at St. John’s Episcopal Church as a way to honor and celebrate their dedication to feeding the hungry.

    The volunteers took part in an ice breaker game of Volunteer Bingo, enjoyed a selection of brunch-style foods served by Harvest Hope staff, received service awards and participated in a gift raffle.

    Keith Ferrell, Chief Operating Officer at Harvest Hope, addressed the group of volunteers saying, “You are champions. All of you are champions for the impact you’re having on our community.”

    A video of appreciation was shown and featured several notable figures across the Midlands personally thanking the Harvest Hope volunteers.

    Harvest Hope Food Bank volunteers gave over 66,000 hours in service while helping to distribute almost 28 million meals during 2017.


  • Gery Ballou: 2018 Michael J. Mungo Humanitarian Award

    March 19, 2018

    The Michael J. Mungo Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual, or individuals, who have shown the same fierce dedication to laying the foundation of a stronger community that was displayed by the award’s namesake.

    Michael J. Mungo was one of the founders and strongest advocates of Harvest Hope Food Bank. Mr. Mungo knew the struggles of growing up without knowing when you would have your next meal and he worked tirelessly to ensure that others who faced hunger were able to receive help.

    Like Mr. Mungo, recipients of this award have exhibited remarkable devotion to helping the hungry through volunteerism, advocacy, education, and to constructing a community framework to help those in need. 

    On March 16, 2018 Mrs. Gery Ballou was recognized at the 2018 Michael J. Mungo Humanitarian Award recipient during the 37th annual Harvest Hope Food Bank Gala.

    Gery BallouGery Ballou is a South Carolina native and Immaculate Heart College graduate who served in the United States Army as a registered nurse. She was stationed throughout Europe and the United States. In 1950, she married Lt. Bill Ballou.

    After moving back to South Carolina in 1972, she worked at least part-time as an RN while raising her growing family.

    Gerry and her husband Bill, began feeding the hungry in South Carolina in 1978 when they distributed cheese and butter from the first floor of the Columbia Housing Authority. The couple was instrumental in helping establish Harvest Hope Food Bank in 1981.

    Her selfless nature and strong faith is reflected in her dedication to the community. Each week, until age 86, Gerry helped pack food for clients in the Emergency Food Pantry. Utilizing her gifted communication skills, she has made countless thank you calls to donors and wrote thank you notes to food drive coordinators.

    Gerry’s volunteer work extended to other local organizations including Riverbanks Zoo and American Red Cross. She is a Master Gardner; enjoys reading and traveling. 

    Gerry has 9 sons, 25 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

  • You SHOP.  Amazon Feeds the Hungry.

    March 12, 2018

    AmazonSmile (www.smile.amazon.com) is a simple and automatic way for you to support Harvest Hope Food Bank every time you shop online. Operated by Amazon, it lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com.

    The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

    On your first visit to AmazonSmile, choose Harvest Hope Food Bank to receive donations before you begin shopping.  Please watch the video above to see how easy AmazonSmile is to set up.