Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation Partners with Feeding America to Fight Child Hunger in South Carolina

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Harvest Hope Food Bank announced the receipt of $10,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to support child hunger-relief efforts in their 20-county service area.  According to Map the Meal Gap 2018, a study released by Feeding America, 1 in 7 people and 1 in 5 children face hunger in South Carolina.
 
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides grants to help support hunger relief programs in the communities it serves with a special focus on programs that help feed children in need. The Child Hunger Program grants cover programs like Kids Cafe and BackPack programs to provide food to children who need it most.
 
"Hunger is an issue in every community. In our service area, over 86,000 children are food insecure, meaning they don’t always have food available. Harvest Hope is thankful to Food Lion Feeds for its commitment to fighting hunger and supporting children and families in need in South Carolina,” said Keith Ferrell, interim CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank.
 
This grant is part of a $165,000 gift to Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks. A Visionary partner of Feeding America, Food Lion has supported Feeding America for more than 17 years and has donated $8 million and more than 454 million pounds of food to hunger-fighting programs.
 
Harvest Hope is South Carolina’s largest food bank and served over 27 million meals in 2017.
 
"The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation appreciates being able to support our local food banks," said Rudy DiPietro, President, Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation. "The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides grants to help further hunger relief programs in our local communities, and one important area of giving is to programs that help feed hungry children. These Child Hunger Program grants cover programs like Kid's Cafe, Afterschool and Summer Hunger Programs, in order to help children who need it most."