It all started with a simple challenge by Toyota. “Would you like to help us #HaulAwayHunger this season?” That question was all it took! Challenge accepted. With the help of some blogging friends, I collected food donations while trying to #CramACamry.
We collected 4 huge boxes of food in the course of a week. Not too shabby. I dropped off our donations at my local food pantry to help support my community.
This past Friday, I was invited to be a part of an even BIGGER event. The Tri-State Toyota Dealers and three U.S. divisions of Toyota Motor Corporation North America partnered with 22 Philadelphia-area organizations to secure and deliver more than 125,000 pounds of nonperishable food for those in need. 125,000 pounds of food!
A convoy of nearly 75 Toyota Tundras literally “hauled away hunger” as the Tri-State Toyota Dealers delivered over 62 tons of donated food to Philabundance at Citizens Bank Park. I was so honored to be an official Tundra Rider and be a part of the convoy.
It was truly something you had to see to believe.
This year’s food drive event for Philabundance was a well-supported Toyota affair enabled by the Tri-State Toyota Dealers, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Toyota Financial Services, and Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., which provided the Toyota forklifts to off-load the food donated to Philabundance.
Sadly, nearly one million people in the Delaware Valley face hunger every day, and this donation is estimated to only last about a week and a half. Hunger relief is a year-round need, and Toyota hopes that the 2014 Toyota Tundra Food Drive will inspire other organizations and individuals in the community to help Philabundance in any way possible. Visit www.philabundance.org to find out how you or your organization can get involved in hunger relief.
All photos provided by Kelli Wilke Photography. See more photos from the event HERE.