BB&T Fall for Greenville today announced that it has awarded more than $53,000 to seven 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.
“As part of its mission, BB&T Fall for Greenville is committed to supporting the local community,” said Justin Pinckney, 2018 Fall for Greenville Board Chair. “The continued success of the festival allows us to give back even more, providing funds to local groups that work hard to strengthen our community.”
Fall for Giving award recipients include:
· Meals on Wheels - $20,000 to replace the organization’s 20-year-old brasier, a tilting pan skillet, which has been used in the preparation of over six million hot meals for delivery to their homebound clients.
· Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas - $15,000 to fund the organization’s new family pantry. The expanded pantry will serve families needing quick and easy access to food 24 hours a day and provide storage for in-kind donations received from the local community.
· Loaves and Fishes - $5,000 to help purchase a new, more energy efficient refrigerated box truck that will help with the organization’s mission to rescue food and reduce hunger by diverting healthy food from landfills and deliver it at no cost to those in need.
· A Child’s Haven - $5,000 for a food storage freezer to use as part of their new Family Farm to Table project. The organization currently serves two healthy meals a day to 70 children.
· 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.
· Legacy Early College - $2,013 to purchase sound equipment that will support musical programming, cultural events and family and community outreach. Formed in 2010, the Title 1 public charter school serves approximately 200 students and stresses academic excellence, physical education and superior nutrition.
· Advanced Institute for Development and Learning - $1,650 to purchase a washer and dryer for their new facility. The organization supports development and learning of children with special needs through clinical therapeutic services such as pediatric speech and feeding.
In addition to the Fall for Giving grant, nonprofit organizations can apply to receive a portion of the 2018 festival proceeds by providing volunteer support over the three-day event. Each year, BB&T Fall for Greenville relies on over 1,800 volunteers to fill key positions throughout the festival site. Applications are available online and the deadline to apply is May 29 at 5 p.m. Interested applicants must be a registered local 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.
Over the last 15 years, BB&T Fall for Greenville has donated over $600,000 to more than 30 nonprofit organizations. For more information about the 2018 festival, visit the festival’s website and follow the event on social media.