As Harvest Hope enters week six of its COVID-19 response efforts, it has called in the South Carolina National Guard to assist with various needs within the food bank. A total of 35 soldiers will report daily to all three Harvest Hope locations – Columbia, Florence and Greenville - until the need subsides.
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Harvest Hope has seen record numbers of individuals in its emergency pantry curbside distribution lines in Columbia and Greenville. In a few short days, this number is expected to top 50,000 – much higher than the 14,579 individuals served in February.
While the soldiers' duties will vary by branch, they will be mainly helping to pack emergency food boxes to distribute to those in need.
“We are so incredibly thankful to the South Carolina National Guard for always stepping up during a disaster to help those in need,” says Wendy Broderick, Harvest Hope CEO. “So many of our neighbors need our help to fill their tables during this time, and with the help of the South Carolina National Guard, we are going to be able to provide hope during this difficult time.
Soldiers will be on site at Harvest Hope assisting during the week from 8 am – 5 pm.
"The South Carolina National Guard is proud to support Harvest Hope during this time of need," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina.
"Our mission is to assist state and local partners to help the communities and the citizens of South Carolina throughout this emergency, and this is a great example of neighbors helping neighbors. We will continue to support the needs of the state for the duration of the COVID-19 response efforts."
If community members would like to make a contribution to help Harvest Hope with its COVID-19 response, please visit harvesthope.org.
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