• Richland County Provides Harvest Hope with $7,600 for Emergency Food Pantry Initiatives

    November 18, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received $7,628 from Richland County to assist in running Harvest Hope’s Emergency Food Pantry (EFP). The grant will provide food for the pantry and a limited number of bus passes to assist those with limited transportation options in getting to the EFP.

    Child hunger is a major problem in South Carolina, with nearly 800,000 people facing food insecurity. In Richland County alone, almost 57,000 adults and 17,000 children struggle with hunger. Those numbers represent nearly 20% of the population.

    “Richland County has so many wonderful aspects many people are surprised at the levels of hunger,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “With this grant we’ll be able to make life a little easier on those who are having the hardest time.”

  • TidesPartners Painted Bunting Program Provides Harvest Hope with $29,000 for Backpack Food Program

    November 18, 2016

    Harvest Hope Food Bank received $29,733 from the TidesPartners Painted Bunting Program to assist in backpack food programs. The grant will fund a program to provide weekend meals during the school year for 120 children in Richland County schools.

    Child hunger is a major problem in South Carolina, with more than 250,000 children facing food insecurity. In Richland County alone, 19% of children struggle with hunger. The backpack feeding program provides nutritious weekend meals and snacks for children who are on free/reduced lunch and who may not otherwise have food for weekends and holidays.

    “We often hear from teachers who say that they have students who struggle to learn, not because they can’t but because they are hungry,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope. “Backpack programs, such as the one the Painted Bunting Program is funding are vital in helping ensure that hunger is not a barrier to academic success.”

  • Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation Donates $2,500 to Harvest Hope Food Bank

    November 18, 2016

    The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation provided a donation of $2,500 to help combat childhood hunger through the BackPack Weekend Program which Harvest Hope Food Bank oversees at Welcome Elementary School in Greenville, SC. The grant will provide over 2,000 meals for hungry children.

    The BackPack Weekend Program provides seven ready to eat meals each Friday to ensure that children who qualify for free/reduced meal plans have food over the weekend. “The BackPack Weekend Programs are a lifesaver for many children,” says Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank. “Without these packs, many children have little or nothing to eat during the weekends.”

    “Childhood hunger is an issue that needs to be addressed, and Piedmont Natural Gas is proud to support organizations like Harvest Hope Food Bank that are working toward solutions,” said Michael Durham, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas. 

    Child hunger is an acute problem across South Carolina, where one in four children struggle with hunger. At Welcome Elementary, 94% of the students qualify for free/reduced meal plans, meaning food insecurity is an especially large issue. The BackPack Weekend Program helps to reduce weekend hunger and to improve student’s overall nutritional levels during weekends and school holidays.