In the Greenville area, 75,000 children live in hunger every day. And Harvest Hope Food Bank needs your help to keep food on their table.
The numbers are staggering. Harvest Hope estimates that the food insecurity rate in Greenville and Laurens Counties is 15 percent, which means almost 30,000 people in the area do not know where their next meal will come from.
Harvest Hope announced in May that they would try to raise financial and food resources to provide 6 million meals to feed families all summer long. That equals 2 million meals per month until the start of school. Every dollar donated to Harvest Hope becomes five meals.
The organization opened its Greenville Emergency Food Pantry last November. It is located on White Horse Road. Every day, dozens of people show up and volunteers fill shopping carts with everything from baked goods to baby formula to canned vegetables. Recipients must only show a driver's license and a Social Security card to receive food.
The funding goal is said to be critical at Harvest Hope. In June, they have to raise the resources for more than 979,000 meals toward their goal of 2 million meals. They are still trying to raise $320,000 by the end of the month to assure Upstate families that they will not face empty plates in the weeks ahead.
"Summer's a really hard time. We always like to say around here that there's no vacation from hunger," said Jessica Blake, spokeswoman for Harvest Hope.
Between May of 2013 and May of this year, Harvest Hope saw a 73 percent drop in donations.
"Not only do we need the food resources, we need the financial resources in order to feed these families," Blake said.
Their goal is to provide a total of 6 million meals by the end of the summer.
For more information on donations or assistance, contact the Harvest Hope Food Bank at 2818 White Horse Rd. They are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Their phone number is (864) 281-3995 or visit www.harvesthope.org.
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