Record-Setting Donations During Annual Walser Food Drive
The team of Walser Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Hopkins, MN posing for a photo with the store’s collected donations
In a time when the need is greater than ever, Walser Automotive Group pulled together a record level of food donations for community food banks in November. The dealer group, headquartered in Edina, Minnesota, collected 10,242 pounds of non-perishable food items during its annual food drive campaign Drive to End Hunger. Donations were collected at all Walser locations across Minnesota, Kansas, and Illinois.
Donations will support food banks in the communities where Walser dealerships are located including:
- Second Harvest Heartland- Minneapolis / St. Paul
- The Kansas Food Bank – Wichita, KS
- HCS Family Services – Hinsdale, IL
To impact further change, the Walser Foundation will match that total with a $1 per pound financial contribution to the corresponding food banks.
In April 2021, Feeding America reported that food banks across the country are serving 55 percent more people now than before the pandemic. Today, Second Harvest Heartland, a longtime nonprofit partner of the Walser Foundation, said that level of need remains today.
“The persisting pandemic, record-high food prices, and an economic recovery that’s coming slowly for many means today’s hunger is tougher to live with and tougher to fight. Today, more than half a million Minnesotans, including nearly 200,000 Minnesota kids, are facing hunger,” said Maddie Archbold, Community Engagement Generalist at Second Harvest Heartland. “Visits to food shelves across our service area are up 28 percent from March of 2020, and we’ve distributed nearly 200 million pounds of food since the pandemic began. Hunger is harder to face this holiday season, so we’re working harder than ever to keep everyone fed,” she said.
With the winter holidays just around the corner, Archbold said these donations allow families to focus on peace, joy, and togetherness, not stress over food insecurity.
“Generous donations like those received from Walser are helping Second Harvest Heartland provide peace-of-mind to families right here in the heartland; In fact, the food and monetary donations provided by Walser and The Walser Foundation can provide 32,855 meals. We are beyond grateful for Walser’s continued support and partnership in the fight to end hunger,” Archbold said.