Once Homeless.  Forever Philanthropist.

February 11, 2016

On Veterans Day, last year, we wrote a piece involving a veteran named Charles.  Charles was one of our clients, many years ago, who left a very unique legacy behind.     Charles' story, “Once Homeless, Always Philanthropist,” was featured in our winter 2015 newsletter. It gives a great example of the awesome character of the people that we serve.  Check out his story below.    “Allow us to introduce one of our many clients. Meet Charles. Charles was honorably… read more


Michael J. Mungo Presents Our 35th Anniversary Gala

February 4, 2016

Here's a little teaser for the event at our 35th Anniversary Gala coming up on March 11th, 2016.  You can get tickets here.  It's definitely going to be fun evening and it's for a great cause!read more


Sam From Chicago

January 20, 2016

One thing we are going to experiment with, in the near future, is audio podcasts from the food bank.  The purpose is to bring you under our roof so you can see what, exactly, goes on here.  Most people think we are just a food pantry and don't understand we are more comparable to a 50 million dollar company. Earlier last week I ran into Sam who was volunteering at one of our 4 food pantries.   He's a former golf pro from Chicago (AKA the Windy City).  When Sam … read more


Students From Meadow Glen Middle School

January 15, 2016

Lexington One Meadow Glen Middle School is an Expeditionary Learning School that seeks to solve real world problems. As part of an 8th grade expedition entitled, “Take a Stand”, the students worked together to reach a goal of collecting 2,015 non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank as an effort to help those affected by the South Carolina flood of 2015. The students surpassed their goal, and on Friday, December 17, 2015, twenty-two 8th grade students traveled to Harvest Hope Food … read more


Doug Groendyke:  The Road Warrior

January 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, whol… read more


Aziz Ansari tweets Harvest Hope Food Bank

December 28, 2015

The aftermath of the flood was a crazy time for us these past few months.  One of the best uplifting moments we had was when Aziz Ansari tweeted out our website's donate link .  This provided incredible motivation for us when we were working around the clock. Recognition from a celeb like Aziz Ansari is a really big deal for Harvest Hope.  He has over 8.5 million twitter followers!  For those of you that are unfamiliar with Mr. Ansari and his work, he is a South Carolin… read more


My Favorite Box Of Cereal

December 16, 2015

For outstanding effort to rebuild and reclaim stability in South Carolina, a big “shout out” to more than 60 bloggers hailing from cities near and far and General Mills.   Together they rallied to help donate 1,000+ boxes of cereal to Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Behold the power of the internet! The cereal, donated was used in “disaster boxes” that Harvest Hope expedited to help families experiencing loss and to the rebuilding of the region in the wake of the catastrophic fl… read more


Columbia’s Greek Festival

December 15, 2015

Over the years the Columbia Greek Festival hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Sumter Street has grown to be one of the most anticipated celebrations here in Columbia.  There is just something awesome about the atmosphere of the yearly event!  The culture, the food, the people and the shopping associated with the celebration are all amazing.     Throwing fun, family oriented events is not all this faith based organization does.  Did you know that the… read more


2015 Public Servant Of The Year Governor Haley

December 14, 2015

 The South Carolina Chamber was proud to announce Governor Nikki Haley as its 2015 Public Servant of the Year. Governor Haley was awarded on November 12, 2015 at the Chamber’s 36th Annual Summit in Hilton Head Island.  Our CEO Denise Holland was interviewed for the video.  It was also a pleasure to work with Dan from Beale Bagley Creations, LLC  .  read more


Volunteer Spotlight: Luther

December 11, 2015

Luther(pictured right) is committed to Harvest Hope and to our Backpack Program.  Luther, a retired principal, gets food ready weekly for one of our 80+ sites .  Under Danielle's(Child Feeding Coordinator at Harvest Hope) direction, Luther assists in distributing 32,000 meals a week for hungry kids around our state. Luther comes in to work 3 days a week for 4-6 hours each day.  The sites(ex. faith partners and corporations) receive the pallets and then pack the food into bac… read more