Aug 152015

Columbia East Rotarian, Jim Hudson, was recently honored by Harvest Hope Food Bank for generously donating funds that will provide up to 1,000,000 meals.


Hudson is Founder and President of Jim Hudson Automotive group. Jim leadership resulted in a donation of $200,000 to Harvest Hope. “My company and Harvest Hope are ironically both celebrating our 35th anniversary, so we wanted to do something special,” said Hudson. “We wanted to feed children during the summer time when food is harder to come by.”


The contribution will provide an estimated 1 million meals to families, children and the elderly who need food assistance.

“I have seen the volunteers and workers at Harvest Hope work so hard and unselfishly every day,” Hudson said. “There are a lot of needs in Richland and Lexington County and we want to give back.”

Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, says she looks forward to the automotive group’s donation every year.

“Mr. Hudson is truly an angel in disguise,” Holland said. “Not only do his employees work hard to reach our goal, but his customers reach out to us separately and even send us checks as part of this campaign.”

According to Holland, $1 provides five meals for families in need.

Hudson has a long and outstanding history of community support and philanthropy. He has sponsored and contributed to numerous community organizations and events and was recognized by Governor Nikki Haley when she presented him with the Order of the Palmetto, our state’s highest civilian honor. The east Columbia Rotary Club is proud of his accomplishments and fortunate to count him among our members.

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