Non-profit pushes for new location while adding to revitalization efforts

Non-profit pushes for new location while adding to revitalization efforts

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Plans are in the works to get rid of an eyesore along a busy road in the City of Florence and replace it with a facility dedicated to helping the homeless, hungry and hopeless.

The now shut down Young Pecan Factory, located along Highway 52, is in the process of being converted by Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The non-profit organization that steps in to help feed and support countless families across our area.

"During the Flood we saw in one day 900 families," said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank said.

Holland said it's the need to help those hungry families that is pushing the group to expand.

"We have needs for refrigeration space for big coolers, for big freezers," Holland said.

The group hopes a new $5 million facility will help provide for those needs plus more.

Harvest Hope said the plan is to demolish the old building along Highway 52 and replace it with a facility that will better suit the organization's growing needs.

The building is freely being given by Florence City Council.

Right now, Harvest Hope Food Bank operates out of a building over on the Farmer's Market Grounds.

"The core business is agency distribution. That is what we see right here going on. About 200 agencies here in the Pee Dee and particularly here in Florence County, depend on us to serve people living in poverty," Holland said.

Holland said Harvest Hope is more than a food distribution center, it is a place where people are fed but also a place where they can find resources to get themselves out of hunger.

"In our 36 years of history, it shows us that we will only see people three times. In those three times, we give them enough food and resources to attack their problem, we can lift them out of what this it," Holland said.

At this point, there still needs to be a second reading from Florence City Council to officially give the sight to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The organization is currently looking at ways to raise money for its new facility and is asking the public for help.

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