COLUMBIA, S.C. - Harvest Hope Food Bank says it has laid off 10 workers around the state because of unexpected expenses and increases in the number of people seeking help.
Multiple media outlets reported the food bank's action reduces its workforce from 88 to 78. In addition, furloughs are being ordered for workers at its operations in Columbia, Cayce, Florence and Greenville.
The food bank has been serving about 70,000 families a month this summer. That's up from the average of 46,000 families served in the summer months in recent years. Harvest Hope president and chief executive Denise Holland says the economic recovery has not reached everyone, especially people living in rural areas.
Holland said the food bank has had added expenses for trucks, forklifts and building repairs and maintenance.
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