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South Carolina Retailers Donate to Feed the HungryFebruary 28, 2018
The South Carolina Retail Association and its retail member companies presented $37,000 in food and cash contributions to the state’s food banks. The presentation took place during a press conference at the South Carolina Legislative Building and included cash and in-kind donations that will go a long way toward hunger relief. The donations are a reminder that 1.1 million South Carolinians—1 in 5—need food assistance each year.
“The retail industry supports the state’s food banks day in and day out and it is our purpose today to shine a light on the serious need to help South Carolina’s residents who experience food insecurity,” said South Carolina Retail Association Chairman Sally West who presented South Carolina food banks with a $14,000 cash contribution from the Retail Association. “The Feeding America food banks in South Carolina cover all 46 counties and provide food assistance for an estimated 794,000 people annually. It is the South Carolina Retail Association’s sincere hope that this event will receive press coverage so that others who hear the message will be motivated to dig a little deeper, buy a few extra canned goods when they do their shopping and contribute to or volunteer at the Food Banks across our state.”
Senator Thomas Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Labor Commerce and Industry Committee was in attendance and reiterated the need for organizations to feed the hungry. “We always need additional partners. We need people that are willing to give their time, we need folks willing to give food and have food drives, and we always have room for people to give money. So together, we’re trying to make the lives of South Carolinians, from the youngest to our most senior population have food security,” said Senator Alexander. “On behalf of the citizens of South Carolina, I say thank you to the SC Retail Association for your leadership and your efforts to make it work for all of us in South Carolina. Thank you for leading by example.”
Participating retailers included Badcock Home Furniture & More, Floco Foods operating as KJ’s Market and IGA, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Publix, and Walgreens. These retailers donated cash and truckloads of product valued at $23,000 for people across the state. In-kind donations of canned goods, peanut butter, rice and paper hygiene products will be particularly helpful as the organization works to meet a variety of needs facing South Carolinians.
Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank accepted the South Carolina Retail Association’s financial contribution. “We are very grateful for our partnership with the SC Retail Association. During the last three years, they have collaborated with Harvest Hope Food Bank during times of disaster, like Hurricane Matthew and the floods, to distribute over $6 million worth of product,” said Mrs. Holland. “The four South Carolina food banks celebrate our on-going relationships with these retailers who have helped feed the hungry, while reducing organic waste in local landfills through our partnership with Don’t Waste Food – South Carolina. The donations by these retailers have helped keep 11,000 pounds of organic waste out of local landfills by diverting useable food to those in need.”
In addition to Harvest Hope Food Bank, attendees included board members, representatives of the South Carolina Association, and other partnering food banks across the state.
Operation HPJuly 03, 2017
Harvest Hope Food Bank is launching the second phase of Operation HP, a hunger prevention program designed to serve military communities. With a grant of $75 thousand from the Walmart Foundation, the program will successfully complete the pilot phase and begin to roll out full scale across the 20 counties in South Carolina served by Harvest Hope.
On Tuesday, April 25, a 9:00am press conference will be held at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Shop Road facility featuring current and retired members of the military, Harvest Hope Food Bank CEO Denise Holland, local Walmart leadership, and community officials.
The event will also highlight Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative that calls on the public to take action in the fight against hunger by purchasing participating products in stores, register donations or online acts of support. The Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks, of which the Harvest Hope Food Bank is a member, stands to benefit from the campaign which runs April 17 – May 15,
According to the publication Governing for State and Localities, it is estimated that approximately 50,426 active and reserve troops work and reside in the state of South Carolina, making it one of the states with the largest military population in the country. US Department of Veterans Affairs reports that approximately 417,257 veterans also reside in the state.
Harvest Hope Food Bank is the largest food bank in the state, serving 20 of the 46 counties in South Carolina. Established in 1981, the food bank has grown from an emergency food box program to providing over 27,000,000 meals annually to those in need. Approximately 12% of the over 2 million individuals served annually by Harvest Hope Food Bank have some affiliation with the military community. They are either active duty, National Guard, retirees, veterans, or their families.
Harvest Hope receives no government funding for this program and relies solely on grants and donations. Individuals or companies who wish to donate or volunteer should visit www.harvesthope.org or call 803-254-4432.
Lexington Medical and Harvest Hope Fight DiabetesJune 23, 2017
Lexington Medical Center is providing a $10,000 grant to Harvest Hope Food Bank, with the goal of establishing three diabetic-friendly pantries in Lexington County. The pantries will be housed in three of Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Partner Agencies.
More than 12% of Lexington county residents are food insecure, meaning they lacked the ability to provide adequate food for their families at least once in the last 12 months. Due to lack of resources individuals who are food insecure often rely on low cost sodium and sugar filled food alternatives that can exacerbate chronic health conditions such as diabetes.
The food choices for the pantries were chosen in consultation with registered dietitians, D2 and Me, and with the SC Office of the American Diabetes Association. The pantries will also include educational information on healthy eating, weight loss, living with diabetes and other resources to help clients form long-term strategies for managing their diabetes and improving their general health.
“This is a wonderful example of how two organizations with long term roots in Lexington can work together to continue to improve their community,” said Denise Holland, Harvest Hope CEO. “We’re thrilled about this partnership and look forward to helping those most in need.”
These pantries will be expansions of existing pantries located at Sharing God’s Love, 147 Friarsgate Boulevard, Irmo, SC 29063, Mission of Hope, 1819 Middleton Street, Cayce, South Carolina 29033, and Church of Christ, 1303 Sunset Blvd 29169.
Those interested in more information or who wish to support Harvest Hope Food Bank should visit www.harvesthope.org or call 803-254-4432.