SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Toyota and Philabundance are teaming up to donate hundreds of thousands of meals to families in Philadelphia during the Toyota Tundra food drive.
A convoy of Toyota Tundras made their way down Darien Street and into Citizens Bank's Parking lot P. Each was filled with pallets of food in efforts to Haul Away Hunger for Philabundance.
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley's largest hunger relief organization. On Friday, over 350,000 meals were donated to the Philadelphia community, just a small part of the hunger relief needs year round.
Paul Muller, President of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association said, “The sad part about that is those 350 thousand meals will take care of Philabundance for about one week. That's scary. These are people that have families and have worked hard and through no fault of their own have had circumstances that has changed, dad died, mom got sick, and they need help."
A whopping 170 tons of non-perishable food were purchased through donations made by The Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association and more than 20 other local businesses, professional sports organizations and local television stations, including FOX 29.
“Look we are a nonprofit. There is no way we would be able to afford to do something like this. This really humbles us,” said Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance.
Toyota, a FOX 29 sponsor, provided each truck. Volunteers from Local 542 like Ron House look forward to the event every year.
“It is one thing to give a present to somebody, but when you do something like this it is like giving back to the whole community. So this is like one big present for the community.”
“You hear all this horrible stuff going on and now you got something like this it warms your heart a little bit,” said Ron House.