Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Two Columbia churches supplied hundreds of volunteers for the fifth annual Food from the Heart drive, benefiting Harvest Hope.
On Saturday, some 44 locations across the Midlands were invaded by members of Shandon and Northside Baptist Churches. A total of 115,000 pounds of food.
While the reason for participating may have differed, the goal for everyone was the same- to put food on the table for those in need.
"The response has been very good," said Robert Anderson, a volunteer at the Wal-Mart on Garners Ferry Road. "I would say that half of the folks that we've asked to donate have returned with something in a red bag, which is wonderful!"
Anderson joined several fellow Shandon Baptist Church members as they used the entrance to educate shoppers and the exit to see if their message was received.
"A lot of people are really open to giving food," said Shandon Baptist Church volunteer, Jessica Spencer. "Some have even said 'I've received from Harvest Hope'."
Irene Long said she was one of those people that remains forever grateful that the Harvest Hope Food Bank was there when times were tough.
"I've been truly blessed by Harvest Hope," said Long. "I've been there and Harvest Hope has been a blessing to us, so we just hope that our donation will be a blessing to many."
It's estimated that 17 percent of South Carolinians live in poverty, and 23 percent of South Carolina children live below the poverty line.
The Food from the Heart drive was looking to restock the shelves, so a list was given to shoppers with the items that Harvest Hope needs the most.
The following are some suggested items: rice, beans, stuffing, dry potatoes, dry milk, cereals, grits, diapers, infant Tylenol, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, pasta and sauces, baby food in shrink wrapped packages, baby formula and personal hygiene products.
For other ways you can help the Harvest Hope Food Bank feed the hungry, visit http://www.harvesthope.org/.