FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - September is Hunger Action Awareness month, a time we can all give back to those in need. A local company, Perdue Farms, has donated a new refrigerated trailer to Harvest Hope, to serve the Pee Dee.
This is the first refrigerated trailer Purdue has handed out in the Palmetto state, and Harvest Hope is calling it a tremendous donation.
"Overall, annually, we provide enough food that equals 24.5 million meals," Harvest Hope Food Bank CEO Denise Holland said. "We want to bring that number of 1 in 5 south Carolinians suffering from hunger, down to zero."
More than half of what Harvest Hope gives out, is perishable items, so this 50-foot refrigerated trailer will keep those foods being picked up and distributed from going to waste, and feed more people in the Pee Dee.
This isn't the first time Perdue Farms has helped out Harvest Hope, and their reason why is simple. The company is based out of Dillon, and wants to help its neighbors, "because we live and work in this community," said Area Human Resources Manager Efram Andrews.
When it comes to this price tag, this gift is a big one.
"A new trailer of this size is about $60,000. This is a refurbished trailer that we've put to use, so the value on it is about $10,000 to $12,000," Andrews said.
The value to Harvest Hope is priceless.
"The value of this trailer is equal to 1.4 million meals," Holland said. "Having this donated to us saves that operations money to go back into food and distribution so it's a huge game changer for us."
You can help combat hunger by reaching out to Harvest Hope. They're in need of food, monetary and truck donations, as well as volunteers and especially food drives.