On Friday, February 3rd, despite the frigid temperatures and whipping winds, more than 85 Toyota Tundras gathered at the Philabundance Berks location to haul more than 650,000 pounds of nutritious food to help feed our local communities facing food insecurity.
As the food pallet-packed vehicles rolled into Citizens Bank Park parking lot P to unload, they were met with much fanfare and excitement. The celebration included Toyota leadership, dealership executives, and business partners. Philly’s favorite sports teams also represented and got everyone ramped up for this weekend’s big game, including our own popular mascot, Phil A. Beet, who had the crowd dancing all morning!
While it was a jovial atmosphere, the event has become a very serious necessity for so many folks in our region. If you think about the magnitude, that amount of food can feed double the capacity of Lincoln Financial Field, so that’s 134,000+ neighbors in need. Each week, Philabundance serves more than 135,000, “but the reality is, there are more than 500,000 people, including children and seniors, who go to bed each night not knowing where their next meal is coming from, or if they’ll have one at all,” said Loree Jones Brown, Philabundance CEO.
Paul Muller, President of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association, adds that it’s “just unconscionable to think that so many people in our communities are in need of food, and Philabundance is a major lifeline to those who are food-insecure in our communities. There are a lot of things people should be in the United States, and ‘hungry’ is just not one of them. That’s what makes it so important for us to stay involved to help drive hunger away from every table in our local communities.”
The Philabundance team would like to take a moment to send a huge THANK YOU to the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association and its businesses partners. We are truly grateful for their tremendous support of the 14th Annual Toyota Tundra Food Drive “Haul Away Hunger” event.
You can help us drive hunger away too by visiting philabundance.org. Thank you for your continued support!