Lowcountry Food Bank gets huge donation from Tyson Foods

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Lowcountry Food Bank got a 30 thousand pound boost Thursday.{} Tyson Foods Inc. is helping the non-profit fight hunger with a monster pledge of protein including cooked ham and smoked honey ham."This donation is huge because protein is a very hard commodity to get," said Pat Walker, President and CEO of the Lowcountry Food Bank. "It's very expensive, very difficult for us to get and of course the staple of a lot of meals. This is an absolutely huge donation for us."The Lowcountry Food Bank serves over 200,000 individuals experiencing hunger in 10 coastal counties. They've seen a 30 percent increase in demand over the past few years. "This translates into 25,000 meals for families across the 10 coastal areas who are struggling with hunger," said Walker. "It's a harsh reality that so many people are hungry"According to the Lowcountry Food Bank, 32 percent of the clients they serve are forced to make the difficult choice between paying for food and utilities or heating fuel.While the donation is large, it's not expected to last very long."I believe that all 30,000 pounds will be distributed before our close of business day tomorrow (Friday)," Walker speculated. "That's what a valuable, valuable resource this is for our community."