South Carolina Food Bank Association
Earlier this month, heavy rains triggered severe flooding in South Carolina. An emergency declaration was declared soon after to a vast number of counties in our state due to the destructive power of the flood. The devastation was unparalleled from the punishing rainfall and fast moving water. Bridges, houses, and cars were carried off or either submerged. The erosive force of moving water had literally eroded the foundation of our well-being in our great Palmetto State. Lives were lost. Property was ruined. South Carolinians around the state were displaced into shelters or wherever they could find safety.
Since the day after the disaster the South Carolina Food Bank Association has delivered over 2,600,000 meals. The four members of The South Carolina Food Bank Association are working together to bring meals to their tables and end hunger in our state.
Golden Harvest Food Bank: serving Abbeville, Allendale, Aiken, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, and Pickens counties.
Harvest Hope Food Bank: serving Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties.
Lowcountry Food Bank: serving Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg counties.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina: serving Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union, and York counties.
Across South Carolina, individuals, families, seniors and children who struggle with hunger on a daily basis can find critical hunger relief through the efforts of the four partnering member food banks in the South Carolina Food Bank Association:
More than 860,000 South Carolinians lived below the poverty threshold in 2013. The percentage of South Carolinians classified as living in poverty rose from 18.3 percent to 18.6 percent, or the equivalent of 1 in 5.4 people. This surpasses the national number of 15.8% living in poverty, or 1 in 6.3 people. Each of the four member food banks are 501c3 organizations who utilize many resources to gather, sort, store and distribute food either at their own facilities or directly to at-risk areas in their individual service areas. Their combined efforts distribute millions of pounds of food and provide millions of meals to struggling South Carolinians every year.
The South Carolina Food Bank Association and its four member food banks are proud members of Feeding America, the nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Feeding America combines the efforts of food banks and hunger relief organizations nationwide to feed to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. To learn more about Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org
Golden Harvest Food Bank
Golden Harvest Food Bank was founded in 1982 and operates three warehouse distribution sites (Augusta, GA, Aiken, SC, and Liberty, SC). Through more than 254,000 family visits in FY2007, Golden Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 10.2 million pounds of food. Golden Harvest is a locally-supported, nonprofit, charitable food distribution center that provides grocery products to the hungry through a network of partner agencies and, faith-based ministries. In 2007, our service area grew to 30 counties within Georgia and South Carolina. Golden Harvest distributes food and supplies to more than 530 partner agencies, including: soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters for abused women and children, and other nonprofit charities such as day care centers, senior citizens programs, and group homes for the disabled. Golden Harvest is volunteer-driven organization, from its Board of Directors to its food sorters. People from all over the Community offer their time to sort canned goods and prepare food for distribution. Our goal is to make sure everyone in our area is aware of the problem of hunger and understands that the only cure for hunger is food
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Serves: Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter Counties. Donate www.harvesthope.org
Harvest Hope Food Bank 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, SC. From these simple beginnings, Harvest Hope has continued to increase the scope of its operations and now provides food, comfort and hope to hungry individuals and families in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina. Their mission is made possible through partnerships with over 465 service organizations along with their our own individual service programs such as Emergency Food Pantries, Mobile Food Pantries and Senior and Children’s Feeding programs. Harvest Hope distributed over 26 million pounds of food in 2014, enough food to provide more than 22 million meals. Throughout their entire 20 county South Carolina service area, Harvest Hope brings hunger relief to more than 9,700 families every week. Harvest Hope served 2,217,336 individuals throughout their 20 county service area in fiscal year 2013-2014, an increase of more than 226,000 people over the previous year. To learn more about Harvest Hope’s mission and how you can help provide for South Carolinians struggling with hunger, visit www.harvesthope.org, or follow their progress on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harvest-Hope-Food-Bank/110374789005998?sk=wall or Twitter at https://twitter.com/HarvestHopeFBCached.
Low Country Food Bank
The Lowcountry Food Bank’s (LCFB) mission is to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to faith-based nonprofit agencies serving the poor (i.e. – food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens), and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. The LCFB is a member of Feeding America and since its inception in 1983, has been the sole clearinghouse for both donated food and USDA food products in coastal SC. The LCFB began its operations by distributing food from a 10,000 sq. ft. rented building in Ladson, South Carolina, to a handful of local emergency feeding agencies. By 1999, the organization’s capacity increased dramatically, as in that year the LCFB distributed 1.7 million pounds of food to a total of 196 local faith-based and nonprofit agencies. In order to provide better access to food resources for rural nonprofit agencies, in areas far afield from Charleston, the LCFB opened its first regional food center (RFC) in Yemassee (Beaufort County), SC, in 2000, and then a second RFC in Myrtle Beach in 2002. Since 2000, the LCFB experienced and exponential growth and by 2008, the organization was distributing an annual total of 10 million pounds of food. In order to accommodate the rapidly growing distribution numbers, the LCFB moved into the 60,000 sq. ft. Paul Hulsey Community Food and Nutrition Center in Charleston in November 2008, nearly doubling the size of its main distribution center. This facility is replete with a high-tech warehouse facility, volunteer and community centers, and a full-scale Production Kitchen and Repackaging Center. By the end of 2011, the LCFB nearly doubled the amount of food it distributed in three years, providing nearly 19 million pounds of food to over 300 partner agencies. These agencies now provide food assistance; it is estimated, to over 200,000 coastal South Carolinians annually.
Second Harvest Food Bank
As part of Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM), serves 19 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina. SHFBM provides a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need. SHFBM’s branches include: the Pee Dee Branch in Mt. Gilead, NC; the Catawba Branch in Hickory, NC; the Dallas Branch in Dallas, NC; and the Spartanburg Branch in Spartanburg, SC. The main branch and distribution warehouse is located in Charlotte, NC. In fiscal year 2010-2011, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributed 37 million pounds of food and essential grocery items to approximately 650 hunger feeding agencies, including emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has five programs targeted at helping to end hunger: Community Food Rescue, Mobile Pantry, Kids Café, Backpack Program and Second Helping. With 15.1% of the Second Harvest service area population living in poverty, including almost 185,000 children and seniors, these programs are critical. The Community Food Rescue Program is a “go green” program aimed at reducing food waste at places that serve food by picking up and re-distributing perishable foods to over 50 agencies in Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Annually, the Community Food Rescue program collects over 4 million pounds of food. The Mobile Pantry Program is designed to deliver food to rural areas of the SHFBM service region where poverty rates tend to be higher. In 2011, SHFBM delivered almost two million pounds of food through this program. The Kids Café Program is a childhood hunger initiative in which SHFBM partners with agencies that already serve children at risk of hunger to help provide nutritious meals and snacks at their sites. There are currently (as of May 2012) 40 Kids Café sites in 11 counties. The Backpack Program, another childhood hunger initiative, provides children at risk of hunger with backpacks full of ready-to-eat, nutritious foods for weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. We currently have (as of May 2012) 99 Backpack Programs in 16 counties. The Second Helping Program provides supplemental boxes of nutritious foods to homebound elderly in York, Lancaster, Lincoln, Union, Stanley and Cabarrus counties. The Second Harvest PET Food Bank is a partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control Services and SHFBM. The program is designed to assist individuals in Mecklenburg County who cannot afford to feed their pets. The goal of this partnership is to help keep pets with their families. To make a monetary donation to the Second Harvest PET Food Bank, make checks payable to Second Harvest – Pet Food Bank. Cash donations are also accepted.