Duke Energy Provides $26,000 for Mobile Food PantriesNovember 16, 2016
Harvest Hope Food Bank received $26,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation to provide for Mobile Food Pantries (MFPs) in the Pee Dee region. The grant provided by the Duke Energy Foundation will be enough for over 90,000 meals for those facing food insecurity after Hurricane Matthew.
Since the hurricane, Harvest Hope has provided more than 1,000,000 meals to those impacted by the storm, and MFPs have been a large part of that effort. “This grant will make a huge difference to those impacted by the storm,” stated Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “To see people who have lost everything get a smile on their face when they know they will have food for their families is a wonderful feeling.”
Across South Carolina, more than one in six individuals faces food insecurity, and the Pee Dee region has higher rates than the average. In some counties in the area, one in three children struggle with hunger, meaning that they have missed at least one meal in the last month. Even in normal operations, Harvest Hope provides meals for approximately 38,000 individuals a week, a number which is only increased during disasters.