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Publix Provides $50,000 for Child Feeding ProgramsNovember 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received $50,000 from the Publix Super Markets Charities to assist in child feeding programs. The grant provided by the organization will help fund programs which assist in feeding the more than 100,000 children across Harvest Hope’s 20 counties who struggle with hunger.
Child hunger is a major problem in South Carolina, with more than 250,000 children facing food insecurity. In the 20 counties which Harvest Hope covers, child hunger rates are as high as 32% in some counties, with no county having a rate lower than 19%.
“Children are the most vulnerable among us when it comes to hunger,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “With so many families unable to consistently provide for their children, we’ve heard stories of children having sugar water as their dinner. This grant will make a huge difference in proving meals for those most in need.”
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Donates $50,000November 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank has received $50,000 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in South Carolina. The donation is part of a program – called Fill Your Tank – that celebrates Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million over six years to fight hunger around the globe. The Fill Your Tank program donations made locally are determined by local Enterprise operations.
Beyond donations, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is supporting the Fill Your Tank program with a hunger awareness and local engagement campaign. Hunger is often invisible and the campaign helps make hunger in our communities more visible.
In presenting the donation, Dave Solano, Vice President and General Manager for Enterprise in South Carolina said, “Enterprise Rent-A-Car is woven into the fabric of the South Carolina communities and food insecurity is an issue for our community. This donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank will support those in our community who need a little help to reach to their full potential.”
Globally, one in nine people don’t get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, according to the World Food Programme. Today, more than a third of households served by Feeding America include at least one child. And, according to Food Banks Canada, 13 percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food.
Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope, said, “We are extremely grateful for such a generous donation. These funds will go a long way in helping us feed the one in four children in South Carolina who struggle with hunger. Without wonderful partners such as Enterprise, we simply couldn’t do all that we do.”
One SC Provides Harvest Hope with $75,000 in Disaster Response GrantsNovember 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $50,000 grant and a $25,000 grant from One SC to assist those in need after Hurricane Matthew and the floods after the storm. The larger grant will help in the distribution of meals through disaster mobile food pantries (DMFPs), while the smaller grant will allow Harvest Hope to provide for meals at Governor Nikki Haley’s County Days for the areas impacted by the storm and floods. This project was supported by a grant from the One SC Fund housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
In response to the disasters, Harvest Hope has provided more than one million meals to those in need. The DMFP grant provided for the distribution of approximately 250,000 meals in areas dispersed around the Pee Dee. The County Days grant allowed Harvest Hope to supply approximately 273,000 meals.
“Once again we have faced a disaster which has impacted millions of people in our state,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “These grants are vital to our mission as the lead disaster response food pantry and we are beyond grateful to One SC for providing these funds.”
The One SC Fund is a fundraising effort that helps South Carolinians who are recovering from a disaster, such as Hurricane Matthew and the 2015 Thousand Year Flood. Governor Nikki Haley- with the help of Central Carolina Community Foundation and a team of South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service-announced the One SC Fund in November 2015 after flooding touched South Carolinians from every walk of life. For more information about the One SC Fund, visit www.onescfund.org.
Central Carolina Community Foundation-the Midlands’ expert on philanthropy- is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.