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Help Us Gather Food to Prepare for Our Busiest Week of the YearNovember 20, 2012
Last year Harvest Hope provided food for more than 1,400 households in the 3 days before Thanksgiving at our Shop Road and 12th Street (Cayce) Emergency Food Pantries. This week we are expecting we will see even more struggling families at our doorsteps.
This morning our Emergency Food Pantry meat cooler is empty, and our volunteers are sorting through canned goods for hi-protein product to replace meat product for the 250 to 300 families we expect to serve today.
There is still time for Harvest Hope to gather the product we need to help struggling families. Please come visit us today to help!
Bank of America to Provide a 2:1 Charitable Match to Give a Meal ProgramNovember 16, 2012
Donors to Harvest Hope Food Bank can TRIPLE their donations this holiday season thanks to a generous gift from Bank of America. For everyone struggling to put food on their tables, hunger offers no holiday, so this is a great opportunity to see your giving power increased.
In a program launched with Feeding America, the bank announced it will provide a $2-for-$1 match of donations to the “Give a Meal” program. Through this match, individuals and customers will be able to triple the impact of their donations and provide meals to people in need. Donors can direct their gifts to Harvest Hope or to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization.
Bank of America is the exclusive sponsor of the Give a Meal program this holiday season and will be joined this year by celebrity chef, author and television host Rocco DiSpirito, who will serve as the campaign’s spokesman and raise visibility about hunger in our communities and the simple way people can help.
“We’re proud to partner again with Feeding America,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “Thefunds raised through the Give a Meal program will help address the pervasive hunger rates and growing demand for food assistance and other critical needs across the United States, in both large and small communities.”
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will contribute $2 for every $1 donated via feedingamerica.org/BankofAmerica or bankofamerica.com/give, up to a total match of $1.5 million. In addition, the bank will contribute $1 million to Feeding America and bank employees will participate in more than 300 hunger-related volunteer efforts around the country.
The program was an unprecedented success last year, with more than 8,000 donors from across the country providing more than 26 million meals. The need for hunger relief continues to be great this year. According to the US Department of Agriculture, 50.1 million people in the United States are struggling with hunger. Of that number, 16.7 million are children.
Harvest Hope began in 1981 as a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia. From our simple beginnings, Harvest Hope has increased the scope of its mission and now provides food, comfort and HOPE to hungry individuals and families in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina.
Last year Harvest Hope provided the HOPE of food for more than 49,000 people a week across 20 SC counties and served almost 1 million families last year. To learn more about Harvest Hope’s mission and how you can help provide for South Carolinians struggling with hunger, visit us at www.harvesthope.org, or follow our progress on Facebook or Twitter @HarvestHopeFB
Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility
Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service, bank employee volunteers contributed more than 1.5 million hours in 2011 to enhance the quality of life in their communities worldwide. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF FANTASYNovember 15, 2012
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF FANTASY HOSTS FOOD DRIVE FOR HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK AT THE BI-LO CENTER ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd
Greenvile, S.C., October 26, 2012 – Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy invites the Upstate community to help them collect non-perishable items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. The food drive will be held at the BI-LO Center on Saturday, November 3 from noon to 3:00 pm. For every five non-perishable items donated, a family will receive one voucher for a free ticket to opening night of Disney on Ice (Wednesday, November 21)* while ticket supplies last. The goal is to collect a record amount of food for struggling Upstate families.
The event, while helping Harvest Hope with its mission to stamp out hunger, will also have lots of fun activities for the whole family. Activities include face painting for the kids and a chance to win one of three Disney-themed prize packs. Disc jockeys from WSPA-FM, 98.9, will be on hand to broadcast live.
Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy will show at the BI-LO Center from November 21 through 25. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever!
*Limit two vouchers per family – while supplies last.