• Publix Provides Harvest Hope with $100,000 for Technology Upgrades

    November 16, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $100,000 grant from Publix Charities to allow for upgrades to the food bank’s technology infrastructure. The grant will provide funding to assist in an upgrade of their warehouse inventory system and to their donor relations software. 

    Last year, Harvest Hope provided more than 27.4 million meals to the hungry across the food bank’s 20 county territory. The food bank sees more than 38,000 people in an average week. After the flooding of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Harvest Hope provided millions of meals to assist those who had been impacted by the disasters.  

    “We move millions of pounds of product through our warehouses each year to help the needy,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “This grant is a blessing in that it will ensure that we are maximizing our resources to allow us to provide as much help to our community as possible.”

  • Publix Provides $50,000 for Child Feeding Programs

    November 16, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received $50,000 from the Publix Super Markets Charities to assist in child feeding programs. The grant provided by the organization will help fund programs which assist in feeding the more than 100,000 children across Harvest Hope’s 20 counties who struggle with hunger.
    Child hunger is a major problem in South Carolina, with more than 250,000 children facing food insecurity. In the 20 counties which Harvest Hope covers, child hunger rates are as high as 32% in some counties, with no county having a rate lower than 19%.

    “Children are the most vulnerable among us when it comes to hunger,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “With so many families unable to consistently provide for their children, we’ve heard stories of children having sugar water as their dinner. This grant will make a huge difference in proving meals for those most in need.”

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Donates $50,000

    November 16, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank has received $50,000 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in South Carolina. The donation is part of a program – called Fill Your Tank – that celebrates Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million over six years to fight hunger around the globe. The Fill Your Tank program donations made locally are determined by local Enterprise operations.

    Beyond donations, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is supporting the Fill Your Tank program with a hunger awareness and local engagement campaign. Hunger is often invisible and the campaign helps make hunger in our communities more visible.

    In presenting the donation, Dave Solano, Vice President and General Manager for Enterprise in South Carolina said, “Enterprise Rent-A-Car is woven into the fabric of the South Carolina communities and food insecurity is an issue for our community. This donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank will support those in our community who need a little help to reach to their full potential.”

    Globally, one in nine people don’t get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, according to the World Food Programme. Today, more than a third of households served by Feeding America include at least one child. And, according to Food Banks Canada, 13 percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food.

    Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope, said, “We are extremely grateful for such a generous donation. These funds will go a long way in helping us feed the one in four children in South Carolina who struggle with hunger. Without wonderful partners such as Enterprise, we simply couldn’t do all that we do.”