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Bank of America Provides $45,000 Grant for Military AssistanceNovember 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.”
Jim Hudson Automotive Presents $200,000August 19, 2016
Jim Hudson Automotive Presents $200,000 To Provide 1,000,000 Meals to Struggling Families in the Midlands
Today Jim Hudson presented a gift of $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank to support their needs during the critical summer months. Matching grants from Toyota and Lexus also contributed to this fund.
“We believe that we have a responsibility to give back to the areas we serve,” explained Hudson.
Harvest Hope is affiliated with the “Feeding America” national network, fighting to end the food insecurity which threatens children’s development. This is the fifth year in a row that the Jim Hudson Automotive Group has offered a gift to Harvest Hope Food Bank at this level, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to families in need.
Mission of Harvest Hope is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.
Nothing Goes to Waste: Re-soil Success StoryMay 27, 2016
As the largest food bank in South Carolina, we produced 750,000 pounds or 375 tons of organic waste from food product donations and purchases last year. Recognizing we could not continue to send this much compostable waste to local landfills, we began to look at ways of composting, either as an internal function of the food bank or externally with a partner agency.
In the spring of 2016, we joined the Stop Food Waste South Carolina collaborative. This group is a consortium of public and private organizations who came together to ensure food that still meets appropriate food safety guidelines is donated to local food banks, soup kitchens, pantries, and other organizations that feed those in need in our state.
Stop Food Waste South Carolina also looks at ways to assist businesses and industries in increasing the amount of organic waste that is composted versus finding its way to landfills annually. It is at the initial meeting of this group where we first met representatives of Re-Soil (pictured above), the Midland's first composting company located in Elgin, South Carolina.
Conversations during that meeting led to follow-up discussions and a pilot project with Re-Soil. However, we have experienced challenges in staging organic waste for delivery and composting. Yet, since April of 2016, 10,000 pounds or 5 tons of organic waste has been composted and diverted from landfills. As challenges are overcome, it is anticipated that this process will divert approximately 60 tons of organic waste per year from local landfills.
We are thrilled to find innovative new ways to improve our local environment with Re-soil!