July 3, 2017
Harvest Hope Food Bank is launching the second phase of Operation HP, a hunger prevention program designed to serve military communities. With a grant of $75 thousand from the Walmart Foundation, the program will successfully complete the pilot phase and begin to roll out full scale across the 20 counties in South Carolina served by Harvest Hope.
On Tuesday, April 25, a 9:00am press conference will be held at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Shop Road facility featuring current and retired members of the military, Harvest Hope Food Bank CEO Denise Holland, local Walmart leadership, and community officials.
The event will also highlight Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative that calls on the public to take action in the fight against hunger by purchasing participating products in stores, register donations or online acts of support. The Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks, of which the Harvest Hope Food Bank is a member, stands to benefit from the campaign which runs April 17 – May 15,
According to the publication Governing for State and Localities, it is estimated that approximately 50,426 active and reserve troops work and reside in the state of South Carolina, making it one of the states with the largest military population in the country. US Department of Veterans Affairs reports that approximately 417,257 veterans also reside in the state.
Harvest Hope Food Bank is the largest food bank in the state, serving 20 of the 46 counties in South Carolina. Established in 1981, the food bank has grown from an emergency food box program to providing over 27,000,000 meals annually to those in need. Approximately 12% of the over 2 million individuals served annually by Harvest Hope Food Bank have some affiliation with the military community. They are either active duty, National Guard, retirees, veterans, or their families.
Harvest Hope receives no government funding for this program and relies solely on grants and donations. Individuals or companies who wish to donate or volunteer should visit www.harvesthope.org or call 803-254-4432.