Dominion Energy Provides Grant for Operation Hunger Prevention
July 11, 2018
Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $10,000 Critical Community Needs grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the non-profit arm of Dominion Energy. This grant will be used to continue support for Operation HP, a hunger prevention program designed to serve military communities.
During the last three years, Harvest Hope has served an average of 16,000 veterans and 4,000 active duty military through its Emergency Food Pantries. To ensure adequate nutritional support for military personnel, veterans and their families who may lack the capacity to provide food for themselves, Dominion Energy is providing funding to help feed active military, veterans and their families at risk of hunger.
“The brave men and women who have proudly served—or are currently serving—our nation, should not have to worry where their next meal will come from,” said Davis Bourne, Board Chairman for Harvest Hope Food Bank. “Just last month, Harvest Hope served 1,155 individuals with military affiliation. We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with Dominion Energy the continued opportunity to serve our military community in this way.”
“Throughout Dominion Energy’s long history of giving back to our communities, we’ve made support for military, veterans and their families a top priority. In fact, 1 in 5 of Dominion Energy’s new hires is a veteran,” said Kristen Beckham, external affairs representative for Dominion Energy. “With our commitment to serving those who have sacrificed so much to serve us, we are especially honored to partner with Harvest Hope to care for South Carolina’s men and women in uniform.”
According to Department of Defense Manpower Data Center, it is estimated that approximately 55,000 active and reserve troops work and reside in the state of South Carolina, making it one of the largest military populations in the country. US Department of Veterans Affairs reports that approximately 400,000 veterans also reside in the state.
In Harvest Hope’s 20-county territory, 300,000 individuals—including 86,100 children—are food insecure. This means they will miss at least one meal over the course of a month. Harvest Hope is South Carolina’s largest food bank and served over 27 million meals in 2017.