Echols earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from South Carolina State University. Some of Echols awards include: the Mary Dean Brewer Woman of Distinction award, the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership in 2019, Black Pages Top 40 Under 40 in 2015, and Florence Young Professional of the Year (also in 2015). She lives in Florence with her husband and two children. As Executive Director, Echols has overall responsibility for the operation and day-to-day management of the Pee Dee Branch of Harvest Hope.
Harvest Hope is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1981. As South Carolina’s largest food bank, it provides over 22.6 million meals a year to people in need across the Pee Dee, Midlands, and Upstate. The organization obtains nutritious food from stores and distributes it to food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens in 20 South Carolina counties. More information about Harvest Hope can be found at www.harvesthope.org.
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