BRATTLEBORO — An annual campaign to help end hunger in the community walked away with a huge check.
"This year, we were able to raise $121,861 and over 200,000 meals and non-perishable food items," said Jeff Morse, Project Feed the Thousands co-chairman. "So it was a very successful year."
A check for $27,517 from Subaru of America was presented to Project Feed the Thousands on behalf of Brattleboro Subaru at WTSA Radio on Monday. The station's general manager Kelli Corbeil is co-chairwoman of the Project Feed.
The 21st annual food drive began on Nov. 13. Non-perishable food, personal care items and cash donations were collected. The idea was to help the thousands of people facing hunger each day throughout southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire.
Subaru's national Share the Love program, which began about eight years ago, saw a certain percentage of every vehicle sale going to charities. Then three years ago, the program allowed local dealers and their customers to choose local charities to help out.
Project Feed made the cut.
Josh Davis, executive director of Groundworks Collaborative, thanked Brattleboro Subaru for its participation.
"Their large contribution of over $27,000 really allowed us to exceed our goal for Project Feed the Thousands," he said. "That translates into real food in folks' households throughout southern Vermont."
The campaign supplies the Brattleboro-based Groundworks Collaborative Food Shelf with the resources to meet year-round needs, according to Davis.
Michael Hutchings, district sales manager at Subaru of New England, said Subaru of America has raised over $70 million since Share the Love started.
Localizing the program, he said, was "why we're here today handing out the checks we're going to hand out."
In New England, approximately $1.7 million was donated to groups through the program this year
Brattleboro Subaru owner Frank Hannenberger said charities near and dear to his heart always involve children.
"Especially when children have to go hungry, that's something that shouldn't happen in this day and age," he said. "Project Feed the Thousands helps the most vulnerable in our community."
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