A record-breaking food drive by Caliber Collision associates nationwide surpassed all goals and expectations, collecting enough food and cash donations to help food banks provide more than one million meals for at-risk children this summer.
The recent three-week food drive ended June 27 and netted 33,325 pounds of food, $105,000 in cash donations plus a $20,000 corporate contribution. The results shattered the goal Caliber Collision associates set for themselves as they challenged each other to top last year year’s effort by 25 percent. The final tally easily surpassed that initial goal with a 200 percent increase over the previous year’s efforts.
The all-volunteer, grassroots Rhythm Restoration Food Drive involved 100 percent participation from all 180 Caliber locations in eight states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas – and headquarters in Lewisville, Texas.
“One million meals will make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of children this summer who might otherwise go hungry without the routine of school lunches” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision president and CEO. “This year’s results went far beyond our expectations yet are consistent with our purpose to restore our customers and the communities we serve to the rhythm of their lives. We are very proud of how our team members have so successfully rallied around their communities, making this the largest food drive in the collision industry for the third year in a row.
“We sincerely thank our customers, our business partners and the community at large who generously responded to our associates’ call for support and are part of this important effort to restore the rhythm of regular meals to children and families in our communities,” Grimshaw added.
Food banks that will receive support from the Caliber Collision Food Drive include:
- St. Mary’s Food Bank
- Community Food Bank of Southern AZ
- Food Share, Inc.
- Community Food Bank
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Riverside & San Bernardino
- Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
- Feeding America San Diego
- Placer Food Bank
- Food Bank of the Rockies
- Three Square Food Bank
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
- Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
- Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc.
- Houston Food Bank
- Tarrant Area Food Bank
- San Antonio Food Bank
- El Pasoans Fighting Hunger