Harvest Hope began in 1981 as the result of a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia by preventing wasted food from area restaurants and grocery stores. Their initial goal was to establish an Emergency Food Pantry but before the doors even opened these founders knew their vision would expand to encompass a much wider feeding mission. Since then Harvest Hope has increased its mission to feed the hungry across 20 counties in South Carolina. Their mission is made possible through partnerships with over 465 service organizations along with their our own individual service programs such as Emergency Food Pantries, Mobile Food Pantries and Senior and Children’s Feeding programs. Harvest Hope distributed over 27 million pounds of food in 2011, and fed over 49,000 hungry people a week.
From simple beginnings, Harvest Hope has continued to increase the scope of its operations and now provides food, comfort and hope to hungry individuals and families in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina.
Harvest Hope Food Bank served 2,522,330 individuals throughout their 20 county service area in fiscal year 2010-2011, a 24% increase over the previous year. Regionally, Harvest Hope increased its service to families in the Pee Dee by 10.21%, to families in the Midlands region by 25.47% and has increased output in Greenville by 70%.