A Gift of Candy Can Change a Life

COLUMBIA, SC - The Mast General Store in Columbia is partnering with Harvest Hope this February 10 and 11 to restock its food pantry. The annual Be a Sweetheart, Feed the Hungry campaign matches each pound of candy purchased at Mast Store with a $1 donation, which will provide five meals for someone in our community who is hungry.

Selecting a traditional gift of candy from the Mast Store this Valentine’s Day will give back to our community in heartwarming ways. Here’s what that thoughtful gift might do:

• Fill a pack with kid-friendly food for the weekend to nourish children who are missing meals on a regular basis

• Help underwrite the Mobile Food Pantries, which serve rural communities that are isolated from other forms of hunger relief

• Feed hungry veterans who are struggling to put enough food on their tables

For each pound of bulk candy purchased, Mast Store donates $1. Through partnerships and community contributions, Harvest Hope is able to stretch $1 into five meals.

Guests can make a difference without a candy purchase. Change collection jars are at each register, so donating the change from your transaction can make a big impact on someone’s life.

Hunger does not discriminate and is not just an issue within the homeless community. There are many reasons an individual or a family turns to food security organizations for help – loss of a job, unexpected medical expenses, taking care of extended family members, etc. Harvest Hope serves 20 counties throughout the Midlands, Upstate, and Pee Dee regions of South Carolina with the help of more than 500 partner agencies like food pantries, shelters, schools, and churches. The organization’s mission is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion, and education. In 2017, more than 27 million meals were served.

Like many non-profit organizations, Harvest Hope relies on volunteers and donations for much of its success. There are opportunities to get involved on a personal or group level. Learn how to fight hunger in your community. Stop by the information table during the event or click over to their website at www.HarvestHope.org.

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