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Pack2Feed Needs Help!February 08, 2017
When you live in a rural area, the struggles of food insecurity are magnified. Grocery stores can be miles away. Public transportation is basically non-existent. Prices at corner markets can be high. Jobs are scarce. All of these factors combine to make life even more difficult for families who are already struggling.
That's why the Harvest Hope Food Bank Pack2Feed program is so important to communities across South Carolina. To help those in need who are unable to reach our emergency food pantries or partner agencies, we dispatch trucks with pre-packed boxes of food to help remote families and populations ensure that no child faces an empty plate, that no parent has to choose between their own meal and a child’s, and that no senior has to choose between food and medical care.
However, this program is not cheap to run. Each box contains 21 meals, and we distribute more than 5,000 boxes a month. That’s 105,000 meals going to the most isolated and insecure communities in our state. In rural counties, it’s not uncommon to see child hunger rates as high as 30%, meaning one in three children will miss at least one meal a month.
That’s why we need businesses to help sponsor our Pack2Feed program. For amounts from $1,000 a month to sponsor 100 boxes, all the way up to $50,000 to fully fund the program, there are many ways for a business to help those in need. What’s more, the program offers great team building opportunities, as employees have the opportunity to come together at our facility and pack the boxes.
The Pack2Feed program has a presence in 20 counties ranging all the way from Greenville to Dillon County and is a wonderful opportunity for a company to show compassion and care for the most vulnerable residents of our state. If you would like more information, give Harvest Hope Food Bank a call at 803-254-4432 and ask for Chuck Backman.
Food Lion Provides $10,000 for Kid’s CafesNovember 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.”
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.”