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WP Rawl Donates 500 Cases of Fresh Produce to Harvest Hope

BY: Jen Velasquez | DATE: December 01, 2014

                        WP Rawl Donates 500 Cases of Fresh Produce to Harvest Hope       

Pelion, SC - December 2014 -This Christmas, WP Rawl hopes to make the holidays a little merrier for families serviced by Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, S.C. through a donation of fresh produce to the local food bank.

Fresh produce is oftentimes hard to come by or absent in food banks across the country, in particular during the holidays. Last week, WP Rawl donated five hundred mixed gift boxes of fresh produce to Harvest Hope which included apples, oranges, regular and sweet potatoes, celery & onion mix, collards, butternut squash, cabbage, squash and zucchini.

"This donation of packed fruits and vegetables for our clients during the Christmas season is such a thoughtful and generous gift; these boxes will be used throughout our Emergency Food Pantries and Mobile Food Pantries. Having fresh fruit and vegetables is very important to our clients at this time of year and some have little to no access to it otherwise," said Harvest Hope Food Bank CEO Denise Holland. "I am so thankful for the support from WP Rawl for their help in providing delicious, fresh produce to struggling families in our community."

The donation is one of several ways that WP Rawl assists Harvest Hope throughout the year. This summer, the local leafy greens grower and shipper hosted the Katie's Krops Camp at their headquarters in Pelion, S.C., which included a service project at the food bank. For the project, the campers built a raised bed-vegetable garden with 12 beds and various types of vegetables per bed, which is meant to serve as a sustainable source of fresh produce for Harvest Hope. WP Rawl hopes that this holiday donation will supplement the vegetables they are already growing on site. The donation was made in honor of all of WP Rawl's customers and employees as a thank you for their support.

"As a family and as a company, it is important to us to share with our global and local communities," said Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales, marketing and product development at WP Rawl. "It is so satisfying to see that the Harvest Hope staff and volunteers have enjoyed maintaining the raised beds that the Katie's Krops campers built this summer and we are happy to continue to help them in various ways throughout the year."

WP Rawl's year-long mission to end hunger leads them to give back to other organizations such as RAMP, the Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project and Katie's Krops.

About WP Rawl
Dating back to 1925, WP Rawl is a third generation family farm which has grown to become a full-service grower/processor/shipper, specializing in year-round bulk and value-added leafy greens and vegetables in the Rawl®, Nature's Greens®, Palmetto Gardens® and Versatile Veggies® brands. In 2015, the company will celebrate its 90th anniversary.

About Harvest Hope
Harvest Hope began in Columbia in 1981 as a shared vision of business and faith leaders wishing to provide for the hungry in their community. Harvest Hope now provides hunger relief across 20 South Carolina counties, or almost half the state.  Last year the organization provided the HOPE for Food for more than 42,000 people a week and served almost 900,000 families.

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