TYLER (KYTX) - Next Tuesday, June 19, the East Texas Food Bank will go head-to-head with four other non-profits from across the country to win a new car, but they need your help to make it happen. CBS 19's Amanda Roberson explains why they're in the running for a new car and how it would help East Texans.
With the community's support a new Toyota Prius Hybrid could be added to the fleet at the East Texas Food Bank. It's part of a new philanthropic program with Toyota called 100 Cars For Good.
The East Texas Food Bank is one of 500 nonprofit finalists 100 Cars For Good, which gives 100 cars to 100 non-profits over the course of 100 days.
The Food Bank was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.
Food Bank Executive Director Dennis Cullinane said the Prius would be used to visit more than 200 partner agencies in East Texas that span 26 counties over a 20,000 square mile area.
"We don't own any cars and we rely on using our employees cars and reimbursing them mileage which is very expensive," Cullinane explained. "We estimate that we can save in mileage expenses in one year about $10,000, which would buy a lot of food for our hungry East Texas families."
Cullinane said the car will make site visits to the food pantries, soup kitchens, drive to nutrition education classes and to get to speaking engagements to raise awareness about hunger.
100 Cars For Good is the first philanthropic program from Toyota that lets the community decide where their donor dollars will go.
And everyone group will go home a winner. The runners up will receive a $1,000 grant each, but the East Texas Food Bank is hoping for a lot of community support next Tuesday so that Toyota Prius can come to East Texas.
The East Texas Food Bank will be up for consideration on Tuesday, June 19th from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm.
100 Cars for Good, please visit the East Texas Food Bank's website at www.EastTexasFoodBank.org/100cars. You can also follow the Food Bank on Facebook or Twitter at www.Facebook.com/ETFoodBank. For complete information on 100 Cars for Good and profiles of all 500 finalists, please visit www.100carsforgood.com.
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