I occasionally connect with a charity on such an emotional level that I am driven to immediate action. Today is one of those days. In my inbox was an email from Heather Meadors, who is with the group behind Hyatt Greenville and Roost Restaurant. She was offering me a ticket to a charity event in exchange for helping spread the word. As I was writing about the upcoming Pig Picking to benefit Harvest Hope, I remembered the poor children at my child’s former elementary school who would come to collect their bags of food on Friday and roll it out to get on the bus. My heart hurt for them. Would that be enough to feed them all weekend until they could get back to school on Sunday? How many children did that one bag have to feed?
People are always asking me for money. I get letters, phone calls… emails. People want me to write about things in exchange for free tickets. This time, I’m accepting the ticket. I’m accepting the ticket, writing about the event, promoting the charity and I pulled out my wallet and gave money.
Will you join Gap Creek Gourmet in giving back? My challenge to you: if you are able, go to HarvestHope.org/Donate and donate the same amount you just spent at the grocery store. For me? It was a little less than $50. $50 will provide 125lb of food to the hungry people of South Carolina. For me, it bought toilet paper, ice cream, yogurt, eggs, cake mix. For a hungry family, it means being able to sleep because their stomach isn’t growling. It means a parent won’t have to worry how they are going to fill the pantry. Please give. Please let me know you gave. Please let me know you heard the call. Help me spread the word. Match your last grocery trip. Give to Harvest Hope.
Then, join me on Wednesday, June 22, for Roost’s 3rd Annual Summer Pig Pull to help fight childhood hunger in the Upstate! Meadville Road Bluegrass Band will rock NOMA Square while we feast on locally sourced, grass-fed pork from the fab folks at Greenbier Farms with all the fixings prepared by Roost Chef Trevor Higgins and guest chefs Anthony Gray from Bacon Bros Public House and Charleston Chef Nate Whiting from 492. The bar will be serving up beer from Thomas Creek and summer cocktails made with Brown-Forman spirits. A donation from every $40 ticket sold will be made to Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Extra Mile.
A little about Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Harvest Hope Food Bank faces a huge challenge to feed the hungry people in our area during the summer. Children who usually receive breakfast and lunch in their school are now home all day with an empty pantry. Did you know 185,402 school children in South Carolina are on free/reduced price breakfast and lunch programs? Harvest Hope Food Bank made sure children had meals after school through their Kids Cafe and BackPack programs, and provided for 2,310 school children across our 20 county service area in May.
When school lets out for the summer, not all kids are happy. Many children are faced with a long, hot summer wondering where their next meal will come from. They are no longer guaranteed a healthy breakfast and lunch and there is no backpack of food waiting to tide them over on the weekend.
During the summer, families flood their Emergency Food Pantries and partner agencies with requests to provide food for their family. Last year, Harvest Hope saw an increase of more than 1,000 families from June to July. Across all 20 South Carolina counties, Harvest Hope and sister agencies, fed more than 68,200 families in July 2014.
Harvest Hope can turn every dollar into 5 meals for empty tables, so donations provide an immediate resource. Giving is easy at www.harvesthope.org, or please call (803) 254-4432 to see how you can help.