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Columbia’s Greek FestivalDecember 15, 2015
Over the years the Columbia Greek Festival hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Sumter Street has grown to be one of the most anticipated celebrations here in Columbia. There is just something awesome about the atmosphere of the yearly event! The culture, the food, the people and the shopping associated with the celebration are all amazing.
Throwing fun, family oriented events is not all this faith based organization does. Did you know that the Columbia Greek Festival has also given approximately $400,000 to charities? This year, they are giving more than $60,000 to support the community!
We had the opportunity to visit with some nice folks today at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. We were totally floored with excitement when we saw the $10K check that they wrote for us. It's really encouraging when an organization like this one makes a big donation to our cause!
“We wanted to support Harvest Hope because of their significant contribution to the thousands of individuals impacted by floods this year,” said Niki Stewart, co-chair of the Columbia Greek Festival. “All of our blessings and gifts are from God. This is the one way that we can serve and honor Him.”
2015 Public Servant Of The Year Governor HaleyDecember 14, 2015
The South Carolina Chamber was proud to announce Governor Nikki Haley as its 2015 Public Servant of the Year. Governor Haley was awarded on November 12, 2015 at the Chamber’s 36th Annual Summit in Hilton Head Island. Our CEO Denise Holland was interviewed for the video.
It was also a pleasure to work with Dan from Beale Bagley Creations, LLC .
Volunteer Spotlight: LutherDecember 11, 2015
Luther(pictured right) is committed to Harvest Hope and to our Backpack Program. Luther, a retired principal, gets food ready weekly for one of our 80+ sites . Under Danielle's(Child Feeding Coordinator at Harvest Hope) direction, Luther assists in distributing 32,000 meals a week for hungry kids around our state.
Luther comes in to work 3 days a week for 4-6 hours each day. The sites(ex. faith partners and corporations) receive the pallets and then pack the food into backpacks. The backpacks are then distributed by the school counselor when they reach their final destination.
"Danielle is absolutely critical to the program...We are a team!", said Luther. Danielle has taken the program to a new level since she arrived at Harvest Hope Food Bank. When she arrived we were only serving 1200 children a week but now we are serving over 3200 children. Our mission is not complete though with over 170,000 children around our 20 counties at risk for hunger. If you would like to help, only $270 can provide weekend meals for a child throughout the entire school year.