By: Matthew Christian
FLORENCE, S.C. – TD Bank provided funding for up to 150,000 meals to Harvest Hope Food Bank on Thursday afternoon.
The TD Bank Charitable Foundation donated $30,000 to Harvest Hope. According to literature provided by the food bank, one dollar donated can provide up to five meals.
“The food insecurity rate in the Pee Dee is high, and add a natural disaster [Hurricane Florence] on top of that and we have a lot of neighbors in need,” Nicole Echols, donor relations manager for Harvest Hope of the Pee Dee, said in an announcement. “This donation will allow us to continue our mission and help more families across our service area.”
The announcement indicates that the Pee Dee has some of the highest hunger rates in South Carolina, and one in five people suffer from food insecurity, including one in four children.
Echols said that because of the support of organizations such as TD Bank, the food bank is able to continue to serve the state.
“TD is proud to support food banks that are embedded in our communities providing food and resources to people in need,” TD Bank South Carolina Market President David Lominack said. “We are thrilled to partner with organizations like Harvest Hope Food Bank that help to empower our communities and act as an advocate to eliminate food insecurities that many face.”
The donation also supports TD Bank’s commitment to community enrichment through its newly launched Ready Commitment, a platform that encourages inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental well-being and health.
Harvest Hope Food Bank was founded in 1981 by business and faith leaders to provide food for the hungry in the Palmetto State. The food bank currently serves 20 counties in the state from four locations. One of those locations, Harvest Hope of the Pee Dee, is on West Lucas Street near Florence.
From that location, Harvest Hope has served 5,242,828 meals to residents of eight counties. Those eight counties are Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Marlboro, Marion, Chesterfield, Clarendon and Lee.
TD Bank is the United States subsidiary of Toronto-Dominion Bank. The bank currently serves 15 states and Washington, D.C. TD Bank is the seventh-largest bank by total deposits and the eighth largest by total assets under its control. The bank’s charitable foundation was formed in 2002. It has distributed nearly $199 million in donations.