The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.

Harvest Hope began in 1981 as the result of a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia. Since then Harvest Hope has increased its mission to feed the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina. Harvest Hope distributed over 28 million pounds of food last year and fed approximately 38,000 people a week.

Harvest Hope works with the community to gather donations, dedicating 98 cents out of every dollar donated to their mission to provide for struggling families in the community.

For every square purchased on the Gamecock Mural at least 25 meals will be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank to help provide food to families in our community. Find out more at



I have a job but expenses are hard to meet, and I have to prioritize my resources. I learned to survive in a different way. The hardest part is accepting that I cannot provide for my family.

46 year-old female

My wife and I were a little ashamed, I’ll be honest. How do you ask someone for help with getting food? But they really understood our emergency, and I felt like they cared for us.

27 year-old husband and father

I never expected my life would come to this, but humility is a lesson everyone should learn through. I am thankful Harvest Hope is a resource, and I hope there will be a time when I can show my appreciation to them to give back.

46 year-old mother of three