Eartha Kitt Foundation:
We created the Eartha Kitt Foundation in memory of the legendary entertainer and to further her commitment to helping those in need. Led by Eartha’s daughter, Kitt Shapiro, the Foundation is focusing its inaugural efforts on supporting victims of the recent flooding in South Carolina, which has created infrastructure challenges and economic catastrophe across the entire state—including the area of Orangeburg County, where Miss Kitt was born in 1927.
South Carolina needs our help.
Right now, as a result of the catastrophic floods, South Carolina is home to more than 40,000 residents who don’t have access to potable water. The state’s infrastructure and agricultural industry are in disarray: more than 60 dams have been destroyed, and countless acres of farmland have been deemed barren and unusable. Small businesses have been hit especially hard by this statewide downturn, shutting their doors at an alarming rate. The fiscal total of this damage is valued at roughly $1.2 billion. In the wake of this natural disaster, South Carolina’s economy has been devastated, and on the frontline of the battle to keep South Carolina safe is The Harvest Hope Food Bank. Research done by this non-profit organization paints a grim picture of the choices people are making to survive: 78% of the people they serve have to choose between food and utilities, and 75% have to choose between food and reliable transportation. The Harvest Hope Food Bank expects to be leading flood recovery efforts for years to come, and there’s major work to be done. With this in mind, starting on the first day of Black History Month, The Eartha Kitt Foundation is partnering with Harvest Hope Food Bank to provide essential support for the 20 counties of South Carolina that they serve.
The Eartha Kitt Foundation plans to facilitate $10,000 in donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank, which provides food, comfort, and hope to hungry individuals in 20 of the most impoverished counties in South Carolina. With this funding, Harvest Hope Food Bank will be able to provide over 50,000 meals for South Carolinians living in poverty in the wake of this natural disaster.
- Provides 50 meals for an underserved community in South Carolina.
- Feeds a family for one week.
- Feeds a child for 1 month.
- Provides 500 lbs of food.
- Pays for transportation of a mobile food pantry to an underserved community.
- Meets the weekly needs of The Emergency Food Pantry