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      Social media and coffee giant join in the fight against hunger

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Harvest Hope Food Bank has joined a national social media campaign and is hosting a local food drive to help with donation levels.

      In January this year, Harvest Hope provided food for more than 71,000 families across our 20 county service area. Overall this year, they have provided for more than 135,000 families. Despite this, the food drive donation levels were down 10 percent from last year in January and February and down more than 20 percent in March.

      "Combined with a projected 8 million pound USDA food loss, Harvest Hope faces severe shortages in providing food for families and individuals in our SC communities," said Skot Garrick, Communications Manager for Harvest Hope. "So these food drives are of critical importance to help us gather much-needed canned goods for struggling families in our community."

      Right now there is a Walmart sponsored Facebook campaign, and Harvest Hope can earn $45,000 just by having supporters go online daily to hit the VOTE button. Supporters must log-in to Facebook, Search My Local Walmart, once on the My Local Walmart page, he/she can enter their zip code to cast his/her vote.

      The food bank is also hosting its first Starbucks sponsored food drive, the Stuff-a-Truck drive at Village at Sandhills, and looking forward to stuffing two (and maybe three) pickup trucks full of food on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

      One truck will be in the Starbucks parking lot and one will be at the fountain at Center Court collecting donated food.