Food bank wins car from Toyota

Published on Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:15 - Written by From Staff Reports

The East Texas Food Bank has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.

“We were surprised and delighted,” said East Texas Food Bank’s executive director Dennis Cullinane. “We were confident in our social media friends. It took a lot of cooperation.”

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program showcases five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days atwww.100carsforgood.com .

Visitors to the page may cast up to two votes per day for different organizations to select the organizations they feel are most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle. 

The East Texas Food Bank has received the most votes and has been named as a winner of a new Toyota Prius.

“We’re going to put it on the road,” Cullinane said. “We’re trying to decide how it will bring the most savings. It will be involved in outreach. It will cover 26 counties and 20,000 square miles.”

Over the past two years of the program, Toyota has provided 200 nonprofits with new vehicles to support their work in the areas of disabled services, youth and educational programs, environmental services, veteran services, housing and disaster relief, among many others. For more information, visitwww.100carsforgood.com .  

Also, on Monday, Whataburger customers can show their support for the East Texas Food Bank by purchasing any menu item at any of the 39 participating East Texas locations, and 20 percent of Whataburger’s sales from 5 to 8 p.m. will be donated to the organization. In addition to fundraising, Whataburger’s “Oh Whata Night” will include fun family-friendly activities at certain locations.