As schools let out across the state, many families have found themselves struggling to provide meals for their children now that school breakfast and lunches are no longer available. South Carolina's four food banks - Golden Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Lowcountry Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina - and their hundreds of partnering agencies have already been called on to help meet the needs of these struggling families and have heard their cries of help across the state.
To meet the needs of those suffering from hunger throughout South Carolina, the four food banks will collectively distribute over 15 million pounds of food this summer. In response to this critical need, Wells Fargo sponsored the Border to Border Hunger Challenge, which matched donations made to our state's four food banks from May 14 to June 15. Wells Fargo staked a $150,000 contribution providing the food banks raised an equal amount from their donors during the campaign.
With Wells Fargo's $150,000 matching contribution, the campaign raised more than $475,000, which will provide over 1.5million meals from border to border. Funds raised will be used by the food banks in a variety of ways, from providing nutritious food to low-income children during the summer months, to supporting the delivery of meals to homebound seniors.
This generous contribution to battle hunger is one of the many ways Wells Fargo is helping to address local social and economic issues facing communities throughout the state. Their responsibility goes far beyond protecting our customers' assets. That's why last year, Wells Fargo made grants exceeding $3.1 million to over 375 non-profit groups. And that's why they continue to partner with important community organizations like the South Carolina Food Bank Association to make South Carolina a better place to live and work.