Harvest Hope Food Bank

Rating: 4.75 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: PO Box 451 2220 Shop Rd Columbia SC 29201 USA

Mission: To provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked for may years as a grants professional in a small rural county in SC, I have seen first hand the good that is Harvest Hope. Harvest Hope using their ability to buy in bulk to help the smaller rural food banks buy more food for their dollar. Harvest Hope even delivers to the smaller food banks. Some of whom would not be able to operate if it were not for Harvest Hope. I like what the do so much I have become a donor. In stead of giving presents to some of my friends I am going to make a donation to Havest Hope in their name. BRAVO HARVEST HOPE BRAVO!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

That I saw how they were able to assist a small food pantry in Manning SC increase the number of persons served through bulk buying and delievery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow donors to donate every month by direct debit and do it online so people wouldn't have to remeber to make the donation. Make it easier to give on-line. Also look into using social media to rasise money. For example use TEXT Havest hope to99999 to give $10 and advertise it on social media sites along with regular press releases to local TV Radio and newspapers

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Their reputation and a lot of people out of work, one of which was my brother, his handicapped wife and theuir two children who recieved some assistance from a local food bank served by Harvest Hope.

What would you tell others about this organization?

They are a well run and sincere organization. They truly care about thier clients. You see that in the way they do thier jobs. They assistance as many people as possible and use only what is necessary for overhead.

Rating: 5 stars  

Harvest Hope does such a wonderful job giving people hope when their lives seem hopeless. The organizers are always working hard to figure out how to make a dollar stretch even farther and they're always friendly and willing to help or just listen. This organization fills a much-needed void on our area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several friends and acquaintances have either gotten help from or participated in food drives for this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a larger space and more contacts to get more resources to those in need.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Harvest Hope is there to help those in need when they have no other place to go. They work hard to make sure people are fed. I've enjoyed volunteering there and it makes me feel like I'm helping someone in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my volunteer efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to have more volunteer opportunities available.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Harvest Hope serves 20 counties with quality food and non-perishable food items. One in four children goes to bed hungry every night, so please help Harvest Hope feed hungry people. One out out of every four clients is a child. Typically, their parents have to decide between whether to buy food or pay their medical bills, rent or utilities. South Carolina is number two in the nation in food hardship, so please help us help others!

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every day on the job

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it fully funded

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Harvest Hope not only provides a wonderful service to the community, but it is also a good investment for the dollar. 98 cents of every dollar donated goes back into direct service.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The faces of the people who stand in line to receive food boxes from the local emergency food pantries tell the story of the difference Harvest Hope makes in people's lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its visibility in all 20 of the counties served by the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Harvest Hope works with over 450 nonprofit partners in 20 counties in SC making sure none of our citizens go hungry. With the economy and job loss, SC has been hit hard and food banks are almost always a persons last option becasue of the stigma and shame it sometimes carry. All of the partners work hard to make sure clients in need receive a heloing hand, and most of all H.O.P.E!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen firsthand the work of this organization. I started as a volunteer and work up to a hired position. The growth over the years has been tremendous and has had a profound impact on the food bank's resources as we are seeing more clients but less food/donations. Previous donors are now clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure all the people that doubt whether we serve clients who are truly in need come in for a tour and/or volunteer so they can truly learn about HHFB and the programs and services we provide.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The joy and confidance that HHFB can provide is evident in the faces of the clients that enter and leave with food.
Sometimes, just the smallest thing, like a roll of toilet paper, travel size toothpast.... can lift someons spitits.
HHFB is here to provide not only food, but a smile and a hug when and if needed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting agencies with food and working to provide everthing that is avalb so the selection of donated goods is the best that it can be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Everything that needs to happen at HHFB is happening, but in a dream world, we would have more space, more trucks for deliveries, more funds for our programs that feed children and the eldery.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Harvest Hope has fed so many people that I know and speak to on a daily basis -- from all walks of life. They provide emergency, high-quality food and there's just nothing else like it around.

When I was a kid and my mom needed emergency food, we were given very little help, with little or no variety. While we were thankful for what we did get, I can't help but see the great contrast between what Harvest Hope gives out and what other organizations give out.

My barber recently needed their assistance and he was so impressed with the service and the integrity of the personnel that he told everyone in the barber shop how special this organization is. Everyone present agreed with his sentiment. This is just one of many, many examples of satisfied clients that I run into in our community everday.

God bless Harvest Hope! :)

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The community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!! :)

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