Floyd Harrison III is the new face of the Golden Harvest Food Bank locally.
“I have always loved Aiken,” he said. “It’s a beautiful community, and the people are very generous.”
Harrison has been with Golden Harvest for four months. He originally was the organization’s Georgia development officer. But his title changed to development officer after Harrison added the duties of chief development officer for South Carolina to his job earlier this month.
Mike Gibbons, the former chief development officer for South Carolina, left Golden Harvest to become the executive director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.
“Mike and I went to lunch, and we got to know each other, which I enjoyed,” Harrison said. “He gave me a lot of information.”
Harrison, 43, and his wife, Darlene, are both natives of Augusta. They live in Evans, Georgia, with their four sons.
After earning a master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in 2006, Harrison became a pastor.
He worked at a church in Virginia for several years before taking a position at another church, Metter First Baptist in eastern Georgia.
Harrison said he made the decision to join Golden Harvest’s staff because “I felt the Lord was leading our family back home to the Augusta area. It was a leap of faith, really, but it also helped that I know all about Golden Harvest and believe totally in its ministry and what it stands for.”
Based in Augusta, Golden Harvest’s mission is to make sure that people in need have enough to eat. The organization, which serves 30 counties in South Carolina and Georgia, distributed 16,198,868 pounds of food during its 2013 fiscal year.
“I’ve spent a good bit of time in Aiken lately meeting all of our donors and partners,” Harrison said. “I believe in relationships and getting to know people well. There are great businesses and great people in the Aiken area, and I’m sure that we’ll continue to work with them in a strong way so that our impact in the community there continues to grow.”
A former fundraising event known as Taste of the Harvest-Aiken will be revived later this year. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Golden Harvest’s distribution center at 81 Capital Drive.
“It will involve about 26 restaurants,” Harrison said. “Their chefs will be cooking and showing what they can do. There also will be music and fellowship. Everybody will get to eat great food while getting to know each other and getting to know more about our food bank. We’ll be thanking our partners and thanking our donors.”
Not all the details have been finalized, but Harrison expects tickets for Taste of the Harvest to go on sale to the public in October.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013.