Ray Tanner Foundation makes $10,000 donation to Harvest Hope
Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $10,000 donation from the Ray Tanner Foundation as part of the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series. The donation will provide approximately 9,300 meals for child feeding programs at a Columbia-area elementary school. The child feeding programs will include Kids Cafes, the BackPack program, and the SnackSack program. These after-school programs help ensure that children on free/reduced meals have nutritious food outside of school hours.
Last year, Harvest Hope provided more than 27.4 million meals to the hungry across 20 counties in South Carolina. The food bank sees more than 38,000 people in an average week, and the holiday season increases demand. Across Harvest Hope’s territory, there are more than 200,000 children who struggle with hunger.
“We’re thrilled to have Coach Tanner pitch in for the Palmetto Series,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank. “Without the support of the University of South Carolina community, and other schools in the state, we could not do the work we do to help the one in four children in South Carolina who will face hunger this holiday season.”
The Palmetto Series offers an official name to a longstanding South Carolina college rivalry: the University of South Carolina vs. Clemson University. Throughout the year, as the two schools compete head-to-head, each will earn points with the winner earning bragging rights and the coveted Palmetto Series trophy. Presented by SC Department of Agriculture, the series also will connect fans and farmers around the food grown right here in South Carolina.