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Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation Donates $2,500 to Harvest Hope Food BankNovember 18, 2016
The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation provided a donation of $2,500 to help combat childhood hunger through the BackPack Weekend Program which Harvest Hope Food Bank oversees at Welcome Elementary School in Greenville, SC. The grant will provide over 2,000 meals for hungry children.
The BackPack Weekend Program provides seven ready to eat meals each Friday to ensure that children who qualify for free/reduced meal plans have food over the weekend. “The BackPack Weekend Programs are a lifesaver for many children,” says Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank. “Without these packs, many children have little or nothing to eat during the weekends.”
“Childhood hunger is an issue that needs to be addressed, and Piedmont Natural Gas is proud to support organizations like Harvest Hope Food Bank that are working toward solutions,” said Michael Durham, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas.
Child hunger is an acute problem across South Carolina, where one in four children struggle with hunger. At Welcome Elementary, 94% of the students qualify for free/reduced meal plans, meaning food insecurity is an especially large issue. The BackPack Weekend Program helps to reduce weekend hunger and to improve student’s overall nutritional levels during weekends and school holidays.
Red Nose Day Fund Provides $11,000 for Child Hunger InitiativesNovember 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received $10,989 from the Red Nose Day Fund to provide for a variety of child hunger initiatives. The grant will fund programs such as Kids’ Cafes, BackPack programs, and School Pantry programs.
Child hunger is a major problem in South Carolina, with more than 250,000 children facing food insecurity. In Harvest Hope’s 20 county territory, over 100,000 children face hunger on a daily basis, with child hunger rates as high as 32% in some areas. The grant is enough to provide as many as 50,000 meals to hungry children.
“Food is a basic necessity for helping a child grow up happy and healthy,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “With these funds from the Red Nose Day Fund, we’ll be able to provide thousands of meals to children and put a smile on their faces.”
Publix Provides Harvest Hope with $100,000 for Technology UpgradesNovember 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $100,000 grant from Publix Charities to allow for upgrades to the food bank’s technology infrastructure. The grant will provide funding to assist in an upgrade of their warehouse inventory system and to their donor relations software.
Last year, Harvest Hope provided more than 27.4 million meals to the hungry across the food bank’s 20 county territory. The food bank sees more than 38,000 people in an average week. After the flooding of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Harvest Hope provided millions of meals to assist those who had been impacted by the disasters.
“We move millions of pounds of product through our warehouses each year to help the needy,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “This grant is a blessing in that it will ensure that we are maximizing our resources to allow us to provide as much help to our community as possible.”