BENEFITING: Harvest Hope Food Bank
EVENT DATE: Feb 01, 2016
The Eartha Kitt Foundation was started to provide support for those in need of aid by maintaining the legacy of the legendary entertainer and activist, Eartha Kitt. Led by Kitt Shapiro, Eartha's daughter, the Foundation is focusing its inaugural efforts on supporting victims of the recent flooding in South Carolina, which has created severe infrastructure challenges and economic catastrophe across the entire state, including the area of Orangeburg County, where Eartha was born in 1927.
South Carolina needs our help.
Right now, South Carolina continues to suffer from the October 2015 floods; more than 40,000 residents still 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.
As is often the case, 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.
The story may no longer be in the headlines, but the struggle for its citizens is still very real. There’s major work to be done—starting on the first day of Black History Month, the Eartha Kitt Foundation is partnering with The Harvest Hope Food Bank, to help provide essential support for the disaster and poverty stricken areas of South Carolina.The Harvest Hope Food Bank expects to be leading flood recovery efforts for years to come. 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. 1 out of every 5 South Carolinians goes to bed hungry every night. For children under the age of 17, that statistic is 1 in every 4.
The Eartha Kitt Foundation plans to facilitate $10,000 in donations for the 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, the Harvest Hope Food Bank will be able to provide over 50,000 meals to those in need. Visit Harvest Hope Food Bank for more information on the help they provide. And, help us make a difference.