On Tuesday, Duke Energy closed out a monthlong initiative to support organizations that address food insecurities and inequities across South Carolina with nearly $170,000 in surprise microgrants to community organizations across the state.
Duke Energy's initiative provided over $325,000 to more than 40 feeding programs leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday and Giving Tuesday.
“If you grew up in South Carolina, you likely know that a surcee is a small, unexpected gift,” said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president.
“What better way to head into the holiday season than giving a little something to these great organizations who work so hard throughout the year to help keep our friends and neighbors from going hungry.”
The microgrants were unannounced and not solicited by the receiving organizations. These “surcee” grants recognize the important gaps these typically smaller agencies fill in the neighborhoods they serve.
“With the donation from Duke Energy, Hub City Farmers Market will continue to work on closing the food equity gap in Spartanburg Count by offering Double SNAP incentives at our Saturday Market,” said Dori Burgess, executive director of Hub City Farmers Market.
“Researchers have shown that SNAP reduces poverty and food insecurity, and these impacts lead to improved health and economic outcomes, especially among children who receive SNAP. As Spartanburg’s only provider of the Double SNAP incentive, we are committed to turning $1 into $2 for residents in the area.”
Throughout November, Duke Energy highlighted critical community partners that do this incredible work to fight hunger, including Harvest Hope Food Bank, United Way Association of South Carolina, and AIM, among others.
Duke Energy employees and retirees also provide their time and talents volunteering with these and other organizations throughout the month to assist in packing and distributing food boxes, as well as providing sweat equity to other feeding programs in their neighborhoods.