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Harvest Hope Food Bank Board of Directors adds two new members

Harvest Hope Food Bank is proud to welcome Dr. Yvonne Johnson and Chris Van Parys to the organization’s Board of Directors. The new members join the statewide board leading Harvest Hope’s vision of a hunger-free South Carolina.

Dr. Yvonne Johnson has over 40 years of experience in the field of education ranging from a teacher to curriculum coordinator, principal, and is currently an Assistant Professor at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. She is an active member of her community and has served within her church, various clubs, service organizations, and boards, and even as a Site Supervisor for a Harvest Hope Agency Partner.

Chris Van Parys is a 41- year veteran of the supermarket industry, and is currently the President of W. Lee Flowers Wholesale and KJ’s/IGA Retail based in Scranton, SC. He is actively involved in efforts to improve food insecurities in both the Carolinas and Georgia through KJ’s/IGA food donation partnerships, while also actively supporting the Red Cross and United Way.

“We are eager to welcome Dr. Johnson and Chris to the Harvest Hope Board of Directors,” says Jada Willis, Harvest Hope Board Chair. “With their extensive backgrounds and passion to help others, they will each bring a wealth of knowledge and strengths to Harvest Hope to make a lasting impact on our communities.”

To learn more about Harvest Hope and how to get involved, visit

About Harvest Hope Food Bank

Harvest Hope is building a hunger-free tomorrow in 20 counties across South Carolina. Rescuing food from stores that is at risk of being discarded, as well as sourcing food from the community and producers, they distribute it to local food pantries and through multiple feeding programs. These programs provide food for some of SC’s most vulnerable citizens – children, seniors, and rural residents who don’t have access to reliable transportation to grocery stores. Annually, Harvest Hope provides over 22 million meals to neighbors in need across their service area. Learn more at

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