Columbia Star

Harvest Hope receives $25,000 through Bank of America’s COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative


Kim Wilkerson (Bank of America) presents check to Erinn Rowe (Harvest Hope).

Kim Wilkerson (Bank of America) presents check to Erinn Rowe (Harvest Hope).

Harvest Hope recently received a $25,000 donation from Bank of America to address food insecurity in Columbia. The donation is part of a unique program to encourage bank employees to get boosted while supporting the overall health and well-being of the community.

The impact of the donation is sizable—for every $1 donated, Harvest Hope can provide five meals to the community. With help from the bank’s donation, Harvest Hope is providing 125,000 meals to individuals and families throughout Columbia. Bank of America donated $100 to Harvest Hope for each employee in Columbia who received a COVID-19 booster shot and notified the bank before the end of January. The bank made an additional contribution to address the increased needs experienced by hunger relief organizations across the country.

The contribution is part of the bank’s longstanding efforts to address hunger relief and strengthen local communities. Since the onset of the pandemic, Bank of America has provided more than $200,000 to Harvest Hope in support of hunger relief efforts. Nationally, Bank of America committed $10.6 million to local hunger-relief organizations through this effort.

“Bank of America is taking a service-minded approach to address hunger as we promote the health and wellness of our employees and our entire community,” said Kim Wilkerson, president, Bank of America South Carolina. “Supporting partners like Harvest Hope will ensure they have the resources to meet the needs of those experiencing one of our greatest challenges, food insecurity.”

“From job loss to higher living costs, the past few years have presented so many challenges for our neighbors, especially those already struggling to provide food for their families,” said Erinn Rowe, Harvest Hope CEO. “We’re so grateful to have a longstanding partner like Bank of America who is always bettering our communities and helping Harvest Hope to build a hunger-free tomorrow.”

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