FLORENCE, S.C. — McCall Farms, South Carolina-based manufacturers of products such as Margaret Holmes and Glory Foods, donated 284,900 pounds of food, valued at $138,152.69, to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

This food will be used to feed the one in five residents in the Pee Dee who struggle with food insecurity.

McCall Farms, founded in 1838, calls Effingham home and takes pride in giving back to the community which has supported them all these years.

“As a family owned company, we feel a deep connection to the area and the families that live here,” said Annie Ham, VP of Marketing at McCall Farms. “We are honored to support local food banks as a way to thank the community that has been our home for over 180 years.”

This donation, arrives at a time when donations are dropping, but the demand is increasing. As summertime approaches, Harvest Hope begins to see an increase in the number of people coming to its emergency food pantry. In the last four weeks, that number has increased more than 22 percent.

“When children are at school, they’re being served breakfast and lunch, but when summer comes, they’re now eating these meals at home,” said Nicole Echols, development manager of Harvest Hope Pee Dee. “This change takes a toll on families and it shows in the number of families we help over the summer. We are so grateful to McCall Farms for this donation so we can provide good, hearty foods to these children.”

McCall Farms hopes to continue to partner with Harvest Hope in coming months to help in the fight against hunger. A recent study released by Feeding America indicates18.7 percent of the population in the Pee Dee is food insecure, more than the state average of 13.5 percent.