FLORENCE — Harvest Hope Food Bank has received a $25,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation’s State Giving Program to help expand its senior hunger relief mission in the Pee Dee.
Wal-Mart representatives presented the grant funding at Harvest Hope’s senior feeding site at the White Chapel Free Will Holiness Church in the Florence County town of Johnsonville on Wednesday.
This grant will provide Harvest Hope with the necessary resources to expand its Totes of Love senior feeding program, which provides qualified seniors with a tote bag of nutritionally balanced food twice a month to supplement their diet. This gift will enable Harvest Hope to provide thousands of additional meals to senior citizens in Pee Dee communities.
“We appreciate Wal-Mart’s continued generosity,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank. “Wal-Mart’s support is valuable in helping us fulfill our mission to help hungry people in 20 counties by gathering quality food and sharing it with them with dignity and compassion.”
“Organizations such as Harvest Hope Food Bank are a lifeline to building stronger communities,” said Brooke Mueller, director of public affairs for Wal-Mart. “It’s an honor to support this group — and through this donation, we hope that seniors in need will benefit.”
In 2014, community giving in South Carolina from Wal-Mart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Wal-Mart Foundation totaled $31.9 million.
Harvest Hope began in 1981 as the result of a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia. Since then Harvest Hope has increased its mission to feed the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina.
In 2013, Harvest Hope distributed more than 28 million pounds of food and fed about 38,000 people a week. To learn more about Harvest Hope Food Bank, visit www.harvesthope.org.