ABC's of Hunger


By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The annual ABC's of Hunger campaign is underway in the Midlands.

"Folks are struggling with hunger, folks are struggling with unemployment," says Skot Garrick, Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Putting food on the table is a daily struggle for many Midlands residents and Garrick says every situation is different.

"There are a lot of different reasons that drive people to make the difficult choice, and it is a difficult decision, to go and ask someone for food," says Garrick.

That's why ABC Columbia has teamed up with McDonald's and Harvest Hope once aagin for the 'ABC's of Hunger' campaign.

"We're off to a really great start," says Garrick.

Throughout the campaign, anyone can take canned goods to participating McDonald's locations and donate. Monday, we found the Harvest Hope bin at the McDonald's on Platt Springs Road overflowing after just one weekend.

"That means that community has really responded they know about the hunger needs, they know about struggling families and they have come out to fill that box," says Garrick

But, there are other boxes, including some inside Harvest Hope, that need to be filled.

"Usually there are about 12 to 15 to 20 volunteers in this room working to go through all the canned goods, all the donated food and right now they don't have enough to do and we really need to give them a lot," says Garrick.

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