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Columbia, Richland One host food drives to benefit Harvest Hope

Annual Martin Luther King Jr Honor the Dream event collects donations for local food bank
Credit: WLTX

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of Columbia, along with Columbia Parks & Recreation and Richland County School District One, is hosting food drives to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank.

With a warehouse and distribution center in Columbia, Harvest Hope Food Bank serves over 300,000 people in need over 20 counties in the Midlands of South Carolina. 2020 was especially hard on families with lost jobs and lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Honor the Dream event is held each year to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy of community service. There is a virtual donations drive for those wanting to contribute donations online through Jan. 18 at give.harvesthope.org.

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Or, you can collect cans of food and non-perishable food items for drop-off at a drive-through food drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene Street. The drive-through drop-off will observe all COVID-19 safety precautions.

Councilman Ed McDowell said, "as the challenges of the pandemic continue to have an impact on our community, it is a pivotal time for us to work together to help those who need it most. Let's serve our community and honor Dr. King's legacy of service by supporting this food drive."

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