COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

A boost for healthy eating

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306March 30, 2014 

Kenya Howell of Columbia prepares boxes at Harvest Hope Food Bank with her daughters, Lauren and Rhegan, during a recent volunteer event.

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Harvest Hope Food Bank received a significant boost in its efforts to feed the hungry recently when Bank of America officials presented a $25,000 grant during a volunteer packing day with bank employees.

The grant will support the food bank’s Foods 2 Encourage program that encourages healthier eating choices by promoting certain food items including rice, beans and whole grain cereals that are high in protein and fiber.

“This donation will provide 125,000 meals with high-protein staples that are so very essential to every family’s healthy eating goals,” said Harvest Hope chief executive officer Denise Holland. “After the severe winter weather and storms we saw in February, Bank of America has provided a great donation to help us recover and prepare for struggling families in our South Carolina communities.”

A Staples contribution

The Staples Foundation has awarded $7,500 to the Columbia Urban League.

The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative by the foundation that allow Staples associates to direct funding to nonprofit organizations that focus on education or job skills.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local nonprofit organizations that matter to them most.”

Honoring neighborhood service

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department recently recognized the Quail Valley Civic Association for donating the most nonperishable food items and new toys during the department’s sixth annual Spirit of Giving Challenge.

Quail Valley residents donated 2,391 pounds of food and 167 new toys to claim top honors for the third straight year during the challenge that was held during the department’s annual holiday food and toy drive.

In 2013, the Quail Valley Civic Association and three neighborhood watch groups donated a record 3,501 pounds of nonperishable food items and 254 new toys to the Sheriff’s Department.

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