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Harvest Hope faces food shortage

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Harvest Hope is experiencing a shortage in food donations that is lower than what they usually experience. Harvest Hope is experiencing a shortage in food donations that is lower than what they usually experience.
Harvest Hope Marketing Manager Jamie Peebles says the food shortage effects children on spring break from school who rely on free and reduced lunches. Harvest Hope Marketing Manager Jamie Peebles says the food shortage effects children on spring break from school who rely on free and reduced lunches.

By: Stan Smith

Harvest Hope Food Bank provides food to thousands of people in the Midlands every week, but recently the food bank has been experiencing a shortage in food donations.

Harvest Hope Marketing Manager Jamie Peebles says low donations is not uncommon, but a food shortage this low is hurting their operations.

"We have a seasonal variation of what we get in. Holiday times, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we get lots of donations in. Then we experience a natural lull, typically in the Spring. It's not unusual for us to be low but for some reason, we are running a lot lower than usual, and struggling to meet the needs of the thousands of families we feed a week," says Peebles.

Larry Clark, was getting food for a friend at Harvest Hope Tuesday. He had a suggestion to the people who donate.

"People always donate more during the holidays than during any other time of the year. People always over donate and will always throw stuff out because they over donate. They should just donate throughout the year," says Clark.

Peebles says this time of year for the food bank is especially important for the children of Columbia.

"With Spring Break coming up for schools, we'll see a surge, because so many children get their food from school through reduced lunches. So many parents will come in anticipating that week off where they won't be getting that food. So we'll have even more pressure to deliver, so now is a really important time for people to donate," says Peebles.

In a year, Harvest Hope Food Bank delivers 28 million pounds of food to people in need.

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