• Duke Energy Provides $26,000 for Mobile Food Pantries

    November 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.

  • 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.

  • Bank of America Provides $45,000 Grant for Military Assistance

    November 16, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $45,000 grant from Bank of America to assist active duty and retired service members. The grant will provide food at Harvest Hope’s branches which will directly assist veterans and active duty service members. In addition, the grant will enable Harvest Hope the ability to provide a variety of programs to help meet the needs of struggling members of the military and their families.

    In fiscal year 2016, Harvest Hope provided assistance to over 155,000 veterans. The need of veterans is expected to grow as the military downsizes over the coming months. The grant is already having an impact, as Harvest Hope was able to provide 50 boxes of food for veterans’ assistance through the SC State Guard. 

    “It is an honor to be able to help those who have given so much to protect our country,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “We are thankful that we can be there for those who have been there for us.”