Joe Machens Dealerships and Columbia Honda donated $18,116.30 and 1,865 pounds of food to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri this morning.

Dealerships in Columbia and Jefferson City participated in the annual Hunger Hits the Road campaign, during which a donation is made for every vehicle sold.

“We are so grateful for the Machens dealerships and the investment they make in The Food Bank,” said Executive Director Lindsay Young Lopez. “The continued community outreach of Joe Machens Dealerships and Columbia Honda in partnership with McLarty Automotive Group are bringing hope to so many of our neighbors in need through this generous contribution.”

Because of The Food Bank’s affiliation with Feeding America and the ability to purchase bulk items at much-reduced costs, the monetary donation will secure $380,442 worth of groceries. Combined with the food donation, the campaign will provide more than 3.8 million meals to those in need.

The Food Bank serves approximately 104,000 individuals monthly through 133 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other partner agencies.