FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – McCall Farms of Effingham made a large donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank this week.
According to a press release, the local company donated 284,900 lbs. of food with a value of nearly $140,000. This food will be used to feed the 1 in 5 residents in the Pee Dee who struggle with food insecurity.
“As a family owned company, we feel a deep connection to the area and the families that live here,” says Annie Ham, VP of Marketing at McCall Farms. “We are honored to support local food banks as a way to thank the community that has been our home for over 180 years.”
This donation arrives at a time when donations are dropping, but the demand is increasing. As summertime approaches, Harvest Hope begins to see a rise in the number of individuals coming to its emergency food pantry. In the last four weeks, that number has increased over 22%.
“When children are at school, they’re being served breakfast and lunch, but when summer comes, they’re now eating these meals at home,” says Nicole Echols, Development Manager of Harvest Hope Pee Dee. “This change takes a toll on families and it shows in the number of families we help over the summer. We are so grateful to McCall Farms for this donation so we can provide good, hearty foods to these children.”
McCall Farms hopes to continue to partner with Harvest Hope in coming months to help in the fight against hunger. A recent study released by Feeding America states 18.7% of the population in the Pee Dee is food insecure, surpassing the state average of 13.5%.