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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!
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX CorporationApril 25, 2016
The 2016 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 19-22 at Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee and The Preserve at Verdae. Just got word that BMW Charity Pro Am is super short on volunteers for Thornblade. Click here for more information on how to become a volunteer or donate here.
Harvest Hope Food Bank has been selected as 1 of 18 worthy organizations for this year's contest. Be sure to cheer on actor and voice of Allstate Insurance, Dennis Haysbert. Dennis is Harvest Hope's celebrity golfer in the tournament. Pledge Dennis Haysbert for the The Charity Cup at The BMW Charity Pro Am presented by Synnex
To assist the non-profits, the tournament provides risk-free opportunities to earn funds through three programs: ticket sales, volunteer recruitment and one-day pro-am team sales. To learn how you can assist one of these non-profits in reaching their fundraising goals, contact the charity directly or call the tournament office at 864.297.1660.
The 2015 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament raised $758,985 for Upstate charities. The tournament’s 2015 charity earnings push the total charitable giving of the event to more than $11.5 million since 2001.
Doug Groendyke: The Road WarriorJanuary 12, 2016
Today, we shine the spotlight on a new employee, Doug Groendyke, Farm and Produce Donations Coordinator. We are thrilled about Doug and his solutions for knocking out the hunger problem in South Carolina.
Doug comes from New Jersey, bringing his grit, hustle and determination to the Palmetto State. Doug didn’t come here to chew bubble gum. He is always on the move! A “Road Warrior Against Hunger,” Doug travels all over the state reaching out to growers, wholesalers and manufacturers in our vast service area that supply tax-deductible donations of produce, meat, dairy, and poultry.
As Farm and Produce Donations Coordinator, Doug is firm about improving the food products that our clients need. We asked Doug about his goals for Harvest Hope. Doug replied, “I am going to visit every farm, road stand and farmers market in the 20 counties that we serve. I seek to build and strengthen those relationships.” By building these long term relationships, Harvest Hope will be provided with an abundance of quality produce. In turn, this will better serve our clients by providing them with more nutritious meals.
Doug also mentioned to us that everyone(including children and seniors) should eat their fruits and vegetables!
So basically, Doug rocks! We are psyched to have him as a part of the team. Welcome aboard!