Wells Fargo Stagecoach Arrives to Announce Border to Border Hunger Challenge | Business
On Tuesday, May 22 the South Carolina Food Bank Association (SCFBA) will hold a press event at 10:30 am to announce the Border to Border Hunger Challenge sponsored by Wells Fargo. The event at 10:30 am at 2220 Shop Road in Columbia will announce the $150,000 campaign to reduce childhood and family hunger across our entire state during the summer.
To help feed the hungry in all South Carolina communities, the SCFBA announces the Border to Border Hunger Challenge sponsored by Wells Fargo, a statewide donation matching campaign from May 14 to June 15 that will provide $150,000 to help South Carolina’s four food banks - Golden Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Lowcountry Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – provide for hungry people. Wells Fargo will match donations made to our state’s four food banks one to one once they collectively raise $150,000. Any donation made to the four food banks from May 14 to June 15 will be eligible for the match.
The kick-off event will detail the partnership with Wells Fargo and our state’s four food banks along with information on the campaign. During the event the Wells Fargo stage coach will be filled with food to illustrate what our food banks need to raise to feed the hungry this summer. Representatives of Wells Fargo and the SCFBA will be on hand to provide additional information on the partnership and
current hunger and poverty levels across South Carolina.
“It’s a privilege to support the Border to Border Hunger Challenge benefiting all four of our state's food banks," said Rick Redden, Wells Fargo President for South Carolina. “Each of these organizations does a great job in meeting the needs of our local communities. We hope this initiative helps foster a spirit of generosity in communities across the state, especially since we're now approaching the summer months when demand is significant.”
This generous matching campaign will help our food banks as they enter their most difficult and demanding time of the year. For many working and low-income families, their children’s staple meals are the reduced-price or free breakfasts and lunches they are served at school. With schools closed for three months, financially hard-pressed parents must provide two additional meals per child per day. Fifty-seven percent of South Carolina’s grade school students are on free or reduced meal programs at school, creating increased hunger levels for families when school is not in session.
To meet the needs of these struggling families throughout the state, South Carolina’s food banks will distribute over 15 million pounds of food between May and August. The Border to Border Hunger Challenge sponsored by Wells Fargo will provide a wonderful financial boost at a time when donations to the food banks typically are at their lowest levels.