Harvest Hope Food Bank Wins 50,000 Meals from Food Lion Feeds
Overwhelming community support leads Harvest Hope to victory
Columbia, S.C. (April 9, 2019) – For the third year in a row, Harvest Hope Food Bank has won 50,000 meals in the Food Lion Feeds Fast Break Bracket challenge. The basketball inspired competition allows food banks from across the Southeast to compete online for 50,000 meals. The foodbank with the most votes wins.
“This 3 week long competition is tough. You can’t win without massive community support,” says Erinn Rowe, Harvest Hope Board Chair. “Thank you to everyone who voted! Every time we asked for votes, SC rallied and came through with overwhelming support. Harvest Hope ended up with more than 300,000 votes! And that’s a huge victory for the people we serve in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate area communities. Because of this team effort, we are able to continue to feed SC with 50,000 meals.”
The competition, set up in a March Madness style bracket, began March 18th with 32 food banks competing for a spot in the top 16. This was then narrowed down to the top 8, top 4 and final two to determine a winner. Voting took place over the new few weeks, with food banks collecting votes and the food bank with the most votes advancing to the next round.
This is Harvest Hope’s third win of the Fast Break Bracket, providing over 150,000 meals to South Carolinians in need. Harvest Hope rallied supporters through social media, email and website efforts.
Food Lion’s community foundation, Food Lion Feeds, holds this competition annually. Since 2014, Food Lion Feeds has served 394,450,502 meals.
About Harvest Hope
Harvest Hope Food Bank is a non-profit organization serving people in need 20 counties in South Carolina. The Harvest Hope team operates out of three main locations in the Midlands, the Upstate and the Pee Dee. In 2018, Harvest Hope provided more than 22.9 million meals. To learn more please visit harvesthope.org.
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