Making good on a promise to remain a partner in the Mid-Missouri community, Joe Machens Dealerships are donating $28,231 to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.

The money was raised during a five-day “Hunger Hits the Road” drive in December. Nine dealerships—eight in Columbia and one in Jefferson City—participated, donating $50 for every vehicle sold.

“We are so grateful to the Machens dealerships for their generosity,” Food Bank Executive Director Lindsay Young Lopez said. “Joe Machens sets a standard for philanthropy and service throughout the region, and we appreciate their ongoing partnership. The owners, employees and customers have made a significant difference in the lives of many, many of our neighbors.”

General managers will present the check to Lopez during a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Joe Machens Volkswagen of Columbia, 1200 Vandiver Dr.

During the “Hunger Hits the Road” event, dealers raised an additional $2,131 and 5,615 pounds worth of food from customers for The Food Bank.

The total contribution is the equivalent of 429,080 pounds of food that will now be distributed to hundreds of thousands of area residents in need.

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri serves approximately 114,000 people every month through 128 agencies.