ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Experts say one and six people face hunger in South Carolina, and with September being Hunger Action Month, many registrants A have partnered with Walmart to feed thousands across Upstate.
This was a blessing in disguise for Metrolina’s Second Harvest Food Bank on Thursday morning.
“We’ve brought this check today for $ 50,000 for all of you right here at the second harvest food bank,” said Joe Perkins, Store Manager at Walmart Neighborhood Markets in Clemson.
Leaders say it is a needed contribution to an organization that has been saddled with the struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was a big surprise for us to understand that we were going to accept this and with the challenges we are currently facing through COVID, the last five to six months we have found it very difficult to buy food,” said Mike Luke, Chief Operating Officer, for Second Harvest Food. Bank of Metrolina.
Luke says 75% of the produce they receive comes from donations, but that’s declining, leaving less to donate to soup kitchens at Upstate.
“But the level of food insecurity, alone, has increased in every district. We serve five districts from this warehouse. We serve the Anderson we are into. We serve the lower Oconee and Greenwood districts, then Pickens and Abbeville, ”said Donal Dickens, Regional Branch Manager, with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
Through Feeding America, Walmart became the hunger hero for Second Harvest, along with Low State Food Bank in Charleston and Harvest Hope in Columbia.
“With one and six people facing hunger in the state of South Carolina alone, we realized it was time for us to call for action and find out what we could do more to help serve our community, and we decided we could take $ 150,000. contribution and share it statewide, “said Perkins.
They receive help from Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Dabo’s video message is a complete surprise for Second Harvest.
“I hope we can be there with you at the food bank today, during these difficult times. Know that we are all here to support you, because the only way we can get through this is together, ”said Coach Dabo.
Although Coach Dabo did not contribute financially, those in charge of the food bank said they were pleased with Walmart’s support and contribution.
“That will allow us to buy about 350,000 pounds of food for every dollar, we can get about seven pounds of food,” Luke said. “So if you think about it, that means 50,000 pounds of food which is about one and a half food tractor trailers for each county, so that’s very beneficial,” he added.
Today, being kind will be of great help to thousands of people.
“It’s very interesting and we really appreciate it! Just hoping that next time maybe Dabo can bring some of his people over here and pack for us, “said Luke.
Metrolina’s Second Harvest Food Bank representatives said they welcomed donations from the public, especially the prize money. They say a few dollars can go a long way. To see how you can donate, Click here.
Each of the three food banks received $ 50,000. Like Dabo, Darius Rucker sends a “Thank you” video to the Low Country Food Bank in Charleston. The University of South Carolina head coach, Will Muschamp, was part of a presentation at Columbia.