I started Glowing Local back in October for many reasons…one of those stemming from a desire for our family to be more generous. A few months ago, I talked about how Glowing Local gives a portion of its profits to Mocha Club, helping to fund Orphan Care work in Kauma, Malawai.
In addition to Mocha Club, Glowing Local also supports the Harvest Hope Food Bank located in South Carolina. I really wanted to be able to give back to our local community, and this organization does so much for people in our city.
Harvest Hope is about feeding the hungry…and man, oh man, there are so many hungry people in our city. Harvest Hope serves as a Food Bank, allowing organizations to purchase food at a huge discount to then freely serve to hungry people across the city (organizations like soup kitchens, churches, etc.) Harvest Hope also runs an Emergency Food Pantry, allowing individuals to freely shop for food once a month so to be able to feed their families.
I was connected with an amazing woman Jane Daniel of the Greenville branch of Harvest Hope back in October of this past year, and she really helped explain the hunger situation in our city. She described it by saying that the “face of hunger is changing” - many of us think of the homeless as those that need food (and they do!), but according to Jane, many families frequenting the Emergency Food Pantry are people like you and me who have just fallen on hard times. Due to something like a job loss or death in the family, many parents are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, often leaving a grandparent to watch over the children while parents work long shifts. Jane described so many of these people as proud people who are just trying to get back on their feet.
In our city of Greenville, I don’t often really think about the hungry…its just not something that crosses my mind unless I make the effort to think about it. But, just down the street from where I live, there are children whose only meal that day is at school; these same children save half of this meal to share with family later that night, as there won’t be many more food.
I am beyond proud that YOU are making a difference in people’s lives through your support of Glowing Local. Thank you for buying a journal…and then in turn, helping to supply food for those in great need.
To find out more about Harvest Hope, make sure to visit their website. If you are local and looking for a great organization to get involved with, I’d highly recommend Harvest Hope. Let me know if you want me to connect you with the great people over there!