Caterpillar Foundation Provides $24,000 to Harvest Hope

November 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.