Columbia, S.C. – BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina employees donated more than $7,000 for Harvest Hope Food Bank today. Employees also donated another 50,000 pounds of food during the June fundraising campaign. This will add up to nearly 51,000 meals for hungry people in the Midlands.
“We have some of the most generous employees in the state,” said Elizabeth Nkuo Johnson, BlueCross Community Relations Director. “For our employees it was not enough to donate canned goods. We sold cookbooks, donated to the virtual food drive and one employee even made tote bags for Harvest Hope clients. At BlueCross we encourage people to live fearless and our employees to give fearless.”
This donation is coming at a perfect time for the food bank as donations go down dramatically during the summer. They currently serve about 38,000 people per week. This will also help Harvest Hope as they are expanding the service to their 20 county region by adding a self-contained mobile stove.
This year, BlueCross employees bought “Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day” cookbooks. For every cookbook bought, another was donated to Harvest Hope to give to clients. Employees also donated close to $3,000 in a virtual food drive which equals out to about 15,000 meals. They also brought in nonperishable food items. Since 2005, BlueCross employees have provided more than 436,000 meals.
Finally, one employee saw the need for Harvest Hope clients to have tote bags to carry their food and reduce waste in the community. She made 25 tote bags that will also be donated to the organization.
Past BlueCross fundraisers for Harvest Hope include dunk tanks, an Elvis peanut butter picnic and farm-to-table dinners.