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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.”
Richland County Provides Harvest Hope with $7,600 for Emergency Food Pantry InitiativesNovember 18, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received $7,628 from Richland County to assist in running Harvest Hope’s Emergency Food Pantry (EFP). The grant will provide food for the pantry and a limited number of bus passes to assist those with limited transportation options in getting to the EFP.
Child hunger is a major problem in South Carolina, with nearly 800,000 people facing food insecurity. In Richland County alone, almost 57,000 adults and 17,000 children struggle with hunger. Those numbers represent nearly 20% of the population.
“Richland County has so many wonderful aspects many people are surprised at the levels of hunger,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “With this grant we’ll be able to make life a little easier on those who are having the hardest time.”
TidesPartners Painted Bunting Program Provides Harvest Hope with $29,000 for Backpack Food ProgramNovember 18, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received $29,733 from the TidesPartners Painted Bunting Program to assist in backpack food programs. The grant will fund a program to provide weekend meals during the school year for 120 children in Richland County schools.
Child hunger is a major problem in South Carolina, with more than 250,000 children facing food insecurity. In Richland County alone, 19% of children struggle with hunger. The backpack feeding program provides nutritious weekend meals and snacks for children who are on free/reduced lunch and who may not otherwise have food for weekends and holidays.
“We often hear from teachers who say that they have students who struggle to learn, not because they can’t but because they are hungry,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “Backpack programs, such as the one the Painted Bunting Program is funding are vital in helping ensure that hunger is not a barrier to academic success.”