In 2010, the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Hilton Head Island formed to help alleviate hunger and homelessness on the island.
With strong community support and intelligent leadership, the coalition has chalked up some pretty big accomplishments in a short amount of time.
Under the auspices of the coalition, Backpack Buddies was formed and has gone from serving 50 children to its current count of 200. The coalition provided start-up funds and continues to help support two soup kitchens. The coalition provided seed money and a template for two new backpack programs in neighboring communities. The coalition has been able to give assistance to Family Promise and to The Deep Well Project.
And this summer, the coalition formed a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and, with help from Kroger on Hilton Head, provided boxes of food staples to families in need. The Boys & Girls Club staff screened and identified needy families, the HHC provided staff and Kroger donated the food. Chris Flanaghan from the coalition, Brooke Newsome from the club and Qiana Davis from Kroger went above and beyond to make this program possible.
The need is great on this island, and it is not going away anytime soon. Hopefully, with continued support, the coalition will continue to expand its assistance programs.
Hilton Head Island
Editor's Note: Galli is a board member of the Hunger and Homeless Coalition.