Photo Gallery | Food from the Heart Drive collects over 120K pounds of food in 1 day
On Saturday, March 24, the fourth annual Food From the Heart food drive, organized by Shandon Baptist Church and Northside Baptist Church and held at participating local grocery stores in Richland and Lexington Counties, collected 120,051 pounds of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank. This represents the second largest total ever for Harvest Hope’s largest single food drive of the year.
By approximately 8:30 pm totals showed Shandon Baptist had collected 57,020 pounds and Northside Baptist had collected 63,031 pounds, for a total of 120,051 pounds of food gathered and delivered in just one day!
Shandon Baptist members volunteered at 24 Richland County stores with approximately 350 volunteers while Northside Baptist Church collected food from 23 Lexington County stores with over 300 volunteers. Throughout the day church volunteers loaded the donated food into trucks, vans and cars and delivered to Harvest Hope at 2220 Shop Road where it was weighed and partially sorted as it came through the doors.
The food will be provided to hungry individuals and families throughout the Midlands through Harvest Hope’s Emergency Food Pantries, Mobile Food Pantries, senior feeding programs, children’s feeding programs and the valuable partnership of our agency partners. By the end of the day on Monday, March 26 food collected from Food From the Heart will be providing meals for those in need in our Midlands community’s.
Harvest Hope has seen a 25% increase in service to families over the last year throughout 20 counties and served almost 1 million families last year. Food From the Heart is the largest single-day food drive of the year and donated items included were rice, beans, stuffing, dry potatoes, dry milk, cereals, grits, diapers, infant Tylenol, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, pasta and sauces, baby food in shrink wrapped packages, baby formula and personal hygiene products.