Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation Donates $2,500 to Harvest Hope Food Bank

November 18, 2016

The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation provided a donation of $2,500 to help combat childhood hunger through the BackPack Weekend Program which Harvest Hope Food Bank oversees at Welcome Elementary School in Greenville, SC. The grant will provide over 2,000 meals for hungry children.

The BackPack Weekend Program provides seven ready to eat meals each Friday to ensure that children who qualify for free/reduced meal plans have food over the weekend. “The BackPack Weekend Programs are a lifesaver for many children,” says Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank. “Without these packs, many children have little or nothing to eat during the weekends.”

“Childhood hunger is an issue that needs to be addressed, and Piedmont Natural Gas is proud to support organizations like Harvest Hope Food Bank that are working toward solutions,” said Michael Durham, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas. 

Child hunger is an acute problem across South Carolina, where one in four children struggle with hunger. At Welcome Elementary, 94% of the students qualify for free/reduced meal plans, meaning food insecurity is an especially large issue. The BackPack Weekend Program helps to reduce weekend hunger and to improve student’s overall nutritional levels during weekends and school holidays.

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