• One SC Provides Harvest Hope with $75,000 in Disaster Response Grants

    November 16, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $50,000 grant and a $25,000 grant from One SC to assist those in need after Hurricane Matthew and the floods after the storm. The larger grant will help in the distribution of meals through disaster mobile food pantries (DMFPs), while the smaller grant will allow Harvest Hope to provide for meals at Governor Nikki Haley’s County Days for the areas impacted by the storm and floods. This project was supported by a grant from the One SC Fund housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation.

    In response to the disasters, Harvest Hope has provided more than one million meals to those in need. The DMFP grant provided for the distribution of approximately 250,000 meals in areas dispersed around the Pee Dee. The County Days grant allowed Harvest Hope to supply approximately 273,000 meals.

    “Once again we have faced a disaster which has impacted millions of people in our state,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “These grants are vital to our mission as the lead disaster response food pantry and we are beyond grateful to One SC for providing these funds.”

    The One SC Fund is a fundraising effort that helps South Carolinians who are recovering from a disaster, such as Hurricane Matthew and the 2015 Thousand Year Flood. Governor Nikki Haley- with the help of Central Carolina Community Foundation and a team of South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service-announced the One SC Fund in November 2015 after flooding touched South Carolinians from every walk of life. For more information about the One SC Fund, visit www.onescfund.org.

    Central Carolina Community Foundation-the Midlands’ expert on philanthropy- is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.

  • Food Lion Provides $10,000 for Kid’s Cafes

    November 16, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received $10,000 from Food Lion and Feeding America to run Kid’s Café programs. The grant provided by the organizations will help fund the program which provides a safe place for children to receive a nutritious meal and to do their homework.

    The Kids Cafe Program provides children ages 6-18 at risk for going hungry a safe haven afterschool.  It provides the students with a nutritional foundation which will enable the children to concentrate on their studies, and provides positive role models in the volunteers who assist them with their homework.  Children will receive a nutritious meal/snack before heading home for the day.  Harvest Hope currently has a total of six (6) Kids Café sites during 2015 -2016 school year.

    "Proving children with a safe place and a warm meal makes a big difference in their lives,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “Many studies have shown that a child’s nutrition is very closely tied to their academic success and we’re excited to be able to partner with Food Lion and Feeding America to help make sure this children have a better future.”

  • Costco and Feeding America Provide $20,000 for Mobile Pantries

    November 16, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received $20,000 from Feeding America and Costco to provide for the purchase of food for Mobile Food Pantries (MFPs) across Harvest Hope’s 20 county territory. The grant provided by the organizations will be enough for over 67,000 meals for those struggling with hunger. 

    Across South Carolina, more than one in six individuals faces food insecurity, and one in four children face hunger on a daily basis. In some counties, one in three children struggle with hunger, meaning that they have missed at least one meal in the last month. Harvest Hope provides meals for approximately 38,000 individuals a week, a number which is only increased during disasters such as Hurricane Matthew.

    “We’re so grateful for this grant which will help us reach out to some of the most vulnerable among us,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “So many parents struggle to feed their children and themselves, it’s a blessing to be able to help those in need and we couldn’t do it without our corporate partners such as Costco.”