Tyson Foods Donates 40,000 lbs. of Protein to Harvest Hope Food Bank

April 15, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Tyson Foods is celebrating the reopening of its Bluff Road facility in Columbia by giving back to the local community in a big way – with a donation of 40,000 lbs. of protein to Harvest Hope Food Bank, which results in more than 30,000 meals.  

In Richland County, where Tyson Foods is located, over 48,000 individuals struggle with food insecurity. With less than one mile separating the facility and Harvest Hope’s Midlands branch, Tyson is investing in hunger relief efforts in its own backyard. 

“Hunger relief is the primary way Tyson gives back, and we are committed to addressing food insecurity in the communities we operate,” said Doug Meister, plant manager, Tyson Foods Columbia facility. “Protein is often the most difficult item for food banks and pantries to acquire and we’re proud to partner with Harvest Hope to ensuring our friends and neighbors throughout Columbia won’t have to worry where their next meal will come from.” 

After a year of hardship for so many, this donation is critical in providing Harvest Hope the means to distribute healthy and nutritious meals to those facing hunger in the Midlands. 

“We are thankful for this donation from Tyson Foods and for their longstanding partnership with Harvest Hope,” says Erinn Rowe, Harvest Hope CEO. “Protein is a staple within our food bank, and Tyson’s generosity is going to help so many families in need get back on their feet.” 

Before the Tyson Foods location closed in August 2020, the company was an active supporter of Harvest Hope, generously donating product multiple times a month. 

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About Harvest Hope Food Bank
Harvest Hope is a non-profit hunger-relief organization serving people in need across 20 counties in South Carolina. Harvest Hope distributes more than 23 million meals each year. Harvest Hope operates locations in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate. For more information, visit

About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, United States, the company has 139,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit