During the month of May, First Reliance Bank held its “You Can Make A Difference” Food Bank Drive to assist those in need during the COVID-19 health crisis by restocking its local food banks. In partnership with NewSpring Church, First Presbyterian, and Helping Florence Flourish, First Reliance Bank collected over 2,375 pounds of non-perishable food items and helped raise $6,000 that has been donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
The donations collected in Florence from the “You Can Make A Difference” Food Bank Drive will provide meals for an estimated 3,579 individuals. This statistic was calculated based off of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) estimate of the average weight of a meal - 1.2 pounds, and Harvest Hope Food Bank’s pledge to feed 2 families for every $30 donated.
“First Reliance has always been dedicated to making people’s lives better and we couldn't be more excited about the results of the You Can Make A Difference Food Drive,” explains Rick Saunders, CEO/President of First Reliance Bank. “This collection will assist thousands of people in need and we have gathered together to provide a necessity for many people in this time of crisis. Each of our partners, team members and members of our community who participated should be proud of this campaign and know how much we appreciate you and your donations.”
Harvest Hope Food Bank is a non-profit organization serving people in need in 20 counties across South Carolina. Harvest Hope distributes more than 32.7 million pounds of food each year and feeds approximately 31,405 people a week across the state. Operating out of locations in Florence, Columbia, and Greenville, SC, Harvest Hope is on a mission to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in South Carolina.