• Once Homeless.  Forever Philanthropist.

    February 11, 2016

    On Veterans Day, last year, we wrote a piece involving a veteran named Charles.  Charles was one of our clients, many years ago, who left a very unique legacy behind.    

    Charles' story, "Once Homeless, Always Philanthropist," was featured in our winter 2015 newsletter. It gives a great example of the awesome character of the people that we serve.  Check out his story below.   

    "Allow us to introduce one of our many clients. Meet Charles. Charles was honorably discharged from the Navy. He left the service from Charleston on a lonely bus to Columbia. Lacking employment opportunities, he became a statistic we commonly see at the food bank. As it is for many veterans, transition back to civilian life seemed impossible. Charles spent 3 years homeless.

    Through just a few visits to Harvest Hope Food Bank and with the assistance of the Department of Veterans Affairs, he was able to get back on his feet. Charles was able to make a good living, obtain housing and made connections with people in the community that accepted him as family. Charles overcame his circumstances and his amazing comeback became a great success story for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

    Many years later, Charles was diagnosed with cancer. In a hospital bed clinging to his last moments, he never forgot the support that he received when times were tough. Upon his passing in June of 2015, it was discovered that Charles left his fortune along with his pick-up truck to Harvest Hope Food Bank as a way of giving back to the organization that provided him so much support during his moment of despair. His generous gift provided over 40,000 meals for those in need. Harvest Hope Food Bank salutes you, Charles. Thank you for your service to our country and our battle against hunger.

    Harvest Hope continues to serve people in the community, like Charles, by providing critical hunger relief through our network of 450+ member agencies across 20 South Carolina counties. Our member agencies include local food pantries, emergency shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. Last year, donations provided food to serve more than 20 million meals in the Pee Dee, Midlands and Greater Greenville areas."

    Charles' story has gained some notoriety, lately.  Our winter 2015 story made it to the pages of South Carolina's top newspaper. We are very pleased that The State Newspaper featured Charles, reaching 240,000 people!

    For more information about donating and/or volunteer opportunities, please visit our website: www.harvesthope.org.

  • Students From Meadow Glen Middle School

    January 15, 2016

    Lexington One Meadow Glen Middle School is an Expeditionary Learning School that seeks to solve real world problems. As part of an 8th grade expedition entitled, "Take a Stand", the students worked together to reach a goal of collecting 2,015 non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank as an effort to help those affected by the South Carolina flood of 2015. The students surpassed their goal, and on Friday, December 17, 2015, twenty-two 8th grade students traveled to Harvest Hope Food Bank on Shop Road to present their donations.  Here are a few photos from the day!

     

  • Doug Groendyke:  The Road Warrior

    January 12, 2016

    Today, we shine the spotlight on a new employee, Doug Groendyke, Farm and Produce Donations Coordinator. We are thrilled about Doug and his solutions for knocking out the hunger problem in South Carolina.

    Doug comes from New Jersey, bringing his grit, hustle and determination to the Palmetto State.  Doug didn’t come here to chew bubble gum.  He is always on the move!  A “Road Warrior Against Hunger,” Doug travels all over the state reaching out to growers, wholesalers and manufacturers in our vast service area that supply tax-deductible donations of produce, meat, dairy, and poultry.

    As Farm and Produce Donations Coordinator, Doug is firm about improving the food products that our clients need.  We asked Doug about his goals for Harvest Hope.  Doug replied, “I am going to visit every farm, road stand and farmers market in the 20 counties that we serve. I seek to build and strengthen those relationships.”  By building these long term relationships, Harvest Hope will be provided with an abundance of quality produce.  In turn, this will better serve our clients by providing them with more nutritious meals.

    Doug also mentioned to us that everyone(including children and seniors) should eat their fruits and vegetables!

    So basically, Doug rocks!  We are psyched to have him as a part of the team.  Welcome aboard!