FLORENCE — Harvest Hope Food Bank will be able to deliver more fresh produce to Chesterfield County and other Pee Dee communities with the help of a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.
The $9,000 grant will increase produce drops to eight Pee Dee counties through Harvest Hope’s mobile food pantries. Most of the counties are rural and many feature communities and populations in remote areas who do not have direct or easy access to fresh produce. Each mobile food pantry delivery will provide seasonal produce to help improve the nutrition of area families.
“It’s back-to-school time across South Carolina, and that’s an important reminder that it’s extremely difficult to learn on an empty stomach,” said Mindy Taylor, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “This is the perfect opportunity to help support the critical mission of Harvest Hope, and encourage others in the community to do the same.”
“Duke Energy continues to show their dedication to serving the community through charitable giving, and remains a long-standing partner in Harvest Hope’s hunger relief mission in the Pee Dee,” said Harvest Hope’s CEO Denise Holland. “The gift of nourishment for empty tables shows how Duke Energy works to ensure our communities have the resources and support they require to thrive and grow, both now and well into the future.”
Through Harvest Hope’s partnerships with Pee Dee farms and produce growers such as McCall Farms, the majority of the fruits and vegetables will be purchased locally and have a direct positive economic impact for local growers.
Local families, churches, civic groups and nonprofits who would like to help in the mission of providing quality nutrition to families in Pee Dee communities can visit www.harvesthope.org for more information.