Layla Freeman (far left), founder and CEO of Light of Hope, couldn’t contain her excitement as Representative Markwayne Mullin (center right) explained how he matched up Tyson with the non-profit

Six typed pages of local churches, food banks, charitable organizations and detention centers are benefiting from 32,000 lbs of chicken donated to Light of Hope in Claremore and Catoosa by Tyson Foods.

“It’s enormous,” said Layla Freeman, founder and CEO of Light of Hope. “It’s not just a Light of Hope donation, it’s a community donation.”

Light of Hope is a locally owned and operated non-profit ministry that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction.

They minister through support groups, drug education courses in county schools, work with the DEA to spread information, and by providing people with access to employment, housing and childcare assistance.

But the part of their ministry which recently got a donation bigger than it’s refrigerators could handle was their food services. Light of Hope participates in Food to Donate, where they pick up left over food from local restaurants and deliver it to the families that use their services.

On a monthly basis they also distribute food to veterans in the community.

“Our goal was to fill every freezer of every service agency we could think of,” Freeman said. “We’ll be feeding thousands.”

The donation was part of Tyson Foods 50-in-5 commitment, to donate $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over 5 years towards hunger relief programs. So far they have donated $3.5 million and more than 9 million pounds of food.