Photo of Manheim Statesville collection courtesy of Manheim.

Photo of Manheim Statesville collection courtesy of Manheim.

Manheim collected over 27,000 pounds of food for Cox Automotive’s company-wide campaign to provide over half a million meals for families in local communities.

43 Manheim auctions participated in the campaign, Drive Away Hunger, which added to the overall Cox Automotive effort that produced 120,182 pounds of food, according to Manheim. The campaign was held June 13-24.

Manheim Statesville, located in North Carolina, collected the most amount, with 5,312 pounds donated in the two-week period.

Team members of the campaign load up as many bags as they can carry and drop them off at the nearest donation bin. The drive focused on food items that food banks have deemed most-needed, which included canned meat and fish, dry pasta, fruit juices, soups and healthy snacks, among other items.

“This is an exceptional year for Drive Away Hunger because for the first time ever, Cox Automotive companies around the globe are participating in the food drive, including places like Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Brazil and others,” said Michelle Blondheim, executive director community relations for Cox Automotive. “Compassion is written in our corporate DNA, and this is a great way to support our local communities.”

This marks the 10th consecutive year of the Drive Away Hunger campaign, which launched in 2007.