After over two years of pandemic response and assessing the modern needs of the Pee Dee region, we are excited to announce our Pee Dee Branch is moving to a larger, more centralized location to better serve its partners and community.
Upfit construction on the 75,000 square foot facility, located at 2701 Alex Lee Boulevard began earlier this year. The facility, known to many as the “Monster Building”, sits on 17 acres of land parallel to I-95 in Florence County.
Moving to the new location offers a multitude of infrastructure and operation improvements to better serve our Pee Dee partners and community. Inside the facility, team members and volunteers will have office and meeting spaces to foster collaboration and innovation, as well as 35,000 square feet of warehouse space to give more capacity to source, store and distribute food. Additional space in the building will be available for use by partners and the community.
We recognize the need to grow and expand food assistance programs to address the changing needs of the local communities. With an average of 10% of residents in the Pee Dee struggling to provide adequate food for themselves and their families, this move will better equip our over 160 partner agencies in the region to serve some of the most vulnerable counties in our state.
“This move will give Harvest Hope the space to not only source and distribute more food, but to also bring the whole community together to create solutions to food insecurity in the Pee Dee. We will be able to distribute food more effectively to address root cause issues like health, economic and racial disparities.” -Erinn Rowe, CEO
The move is made possible by a generous gift from the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation. The Foundation has been a longstanding partner of Harvest Hope, and is equally invested in building healthier, hunger-free communities in the area.
Once complete, the building will have docking, refrigeration and state-of-the-art program packing spaces. Check out the video to see more.
The food bank will continue to operate from the Pee Dee State Farmers Market until the move thanks to a 20+ year partnership with the SC Department of Agriculture.
We anticipate being fully moved into the new facility by Spring 2023 and look forward to sharing more about the move as the project progresses. If you have questions, please reply to this email.
Together, we are building a hunger-free tomorrow across South Carolina.