Released by the City of Greenville.
Greenville, S.C. – Fall for Greenville board members today awarded more than $30,000 to six local nonprofit organizations through its Fall for Giving program. The program was created to support the efforts of nonprofit organizations whose programs directly impact the areas of culinary and food, cultural diversity, family and music.
“Bank of America Fall for Greenville is committed to supporting local organizations that enhance the lives of those who live and work in Greenville,” said Megan E. Finnern, 2020 Fall for Greenville Board Chair. “The continued success of the festival allows us to give back even more, providing funds that make meaningful impacts in our community.”Fall for Giving award recipients include:
Loaves & Fishes – $1,747 toward the outfitting of a food desert hub in the City View community with shelving and food storage totes. These food hubs aid in providing high-quality, healthy food to underserved communities while streamlining the delivery process and helping minimize environmental impact.
Pendleton Place – $7,460 toward the repurposing of an existing facility into an emergency youth shelter and installation of a new commercial oven, stovetop and fryer. The new appliances will better equip the facility for the large-scale cooking required by the influx of new youth residents.
Harvest Hope Food Bank – $5,812 to purchase hardware and software upgrades to help improve the emergency food pantry intake/help stations and day-to-day operations in servicing those facing hunger and food insecurity. The new equipment will specifically help process intake data, record specific needs and provide assistance with other needs such as SNAP applications.
Greenville Technical College – $5,000 toward the Fall for Greenville Culinary Arts Institute Scholarship Endowment Fund. The festival established the scholarship in 2006 to provide tuition for students in the culinary arts field. The increase in funds will help serve more students.
The Family Effect – $5,000 to build additional pantry storage to increase capacity for donations and begin receiving produce and meat items. Funds will also be used to purchase reusable grocery bags for item collection and to help stock the new pantry for the first year.
Rebuild Upstate – $5,000 to repair the home of a local family. Repairs will focus on accessibility and access to healthier living, such as kitchen repairs, bathroom repairs and mold remediation.
This year’s festival will kick off Thursday night, October 8, with a free concert and continue October 9-11 with Greenville’s premier local restaurants showcasing over 250 unique menu items. Throughout the weekend, festival-goers can also enjoy free concerts from over 70 popular national and local entertainers on five different stages. Additional festival attractions include the Carolina Ale House Beer Garden featuring a variety of craft brews; a Wine Garden where beverage professionals will be on-hand throughout the weekend to assist in matching fine wines to personal taste; culinary demonstrations on the Challenge Butter Culinary Stage; a Kids’ Area filled with children’s rides and activities; and interactive mobile tours.Festival taste tickets can be pre-purchased online beginning August 3 and running through October 9. Tickets can be used throughout the festival weekend to purchase festival food and beverages, merchandise and rides in the Kids’ Area. No refunds will be given for pre-purchased sales.
Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, Bank of America Fall for Greenville continues to support the local community by partnering with local nonprofits. Since 2005, the festival has donated over $750,000 to more than 30 local charities.
Beginning in August, festival-goers can visit fallforgreenville.net to customize their schedule for the weekend. In addition, attendees are encouraged to stay connected by following the festival on social media and using the hashtag “#fallforgreenville” to join in the conversation.