TidesPartners Painted Bunting Program Provides Harvest Hope with $29,000 for Backpack Food ProgramNovember 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.”