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Caterpillar Foundation Provides $24,000 to Harvest HopeNovember 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank announced a $10,660 grant and a $13,256 grant from Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, to provide food to children who face hunger in Newberry and Sumter Counties. A member of the Feeding America network, Harvest Hope Food Bank, is one of 34 food banks nationwide to receive this grant.
"Hunger is an issue in every community. In the Harvest Hope service area, one in four children is food insecure, meaning they don’t always have food available. Harvest Hope is thankful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its commitment to fighting hunger and supporting children and families in need in Sumter and Newberry Counties,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Each year, 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 7,790 food insecure children in Newberry and Sumter Counties. This grant will be used to provide backpacks of food for children to take home on the weekends. These packs provide seven meals and various snacks. Across Sumter and Newberry Counties, the funds will be used to distribute 2,513 backpacks, which represent 17,619 meals for hungry children.
“The Caterpillar Foundation is committed to alleviating poverty in the communities in which we live and work. We are proud to partner with Harvest Hope Food Bank to support individuals in Sumter and Newberry Counties who may not know where their next meal will come from,” said Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation.
The Caterpillar Foundation’s national investment will help 300,000 people facing hunger in Caterpillar communities in 44 counties. Caterpillar Foundation has helped provide more than 5 million meals to Caterpillar communities since 2015.
Bank of America Provides $45,000 Grant for Military AssistanceNovember 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $45,000 grant from Bank of America to assist active duty and retired service members. The grant will provide food at Harvest Hope’s branches which will directly assist veterans and active duty service members. In addition, the grant will enable Harvest Hope the ability to provide a variety of programs to help meet the needs of struggling members of the military and their families.
In fiscal year 2016, Harvest Hope provided assistance to over 155,000 veterans. The need of veterans is expected to grow as the military downsizes over the coming months. The grant is already having an impact, as Harvest Hope was able to provide 50 boxes of food for veterans’ assistance through the SC State Guard.
“It is an honor to be able to help those who have given so much to protect our country,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “We are thankful that we can be there for those who have been there for us.”
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.