Callison Tighe contributes $10,000 to Harvest Hope

callison_tighe_harvest_hope_2014COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – Callison Tighe has continued its commitment to hungry families in the Midlands with its sixth annual $10,000 contribution to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The firm’s attorneys and staff also donated their time, gathering to pack more than 100 boxes of nonperishable food that will be distributed to people in need during the holiday season.

The donation to Harvest Hope is a tradition dating back to 2009 for the law firm.

“When the economy was in the depths of its struggle, the firm’s members cancelled our holiday gathering and instead contributed to Harvest Hope,” Callison Tighe member Rick Detwiler said. “Last year, we began taking a hands-on approach as well by helping back the food boxes. We know how much non-profits, including Harvest of Hope, struggle to fulfill their missions, and we believe it’s important to support the vital work the organization does in our community.”callison_tighe_harvest_hope_2014_2

Harvest Hope served 2.2 million people in 2013 – that’s almost 300,000 more people than the previous year. Detwiler pointed out that 98 cents of every dollar donated to Harvest Hope goes directly to feeding the hungry. “In many cases, the food they received from Harvest Hope is the only thing protecting them from homelessness.”

Without that assistance, many people in the 20 South Carolina counties the organization serves would face tough decisions. Harvest Hope says 71 percent of the people they assist have had to choose between buying food and paying for medical care, while 56 percent have had to pick between feeding their families and paying the rent. “Thanks to Harvest Hope, fewer people have to make those wrenching decisions,” Detwiler said.

Harvest Hope feeds 38,000 people a week in partnership with 476 local agencies. The organization also serves as South Carolina’s primary emergency food relief, helping in areas struck by natural or man-made disasters.

To make a donation or to volunteer at Harvest Hope, go to www.harvesthope.org or call (803) 254-4432.