East Texas Food Bank Tabbed As Finalist In Cars Program
East Texas Food Bank officials announced Wednesday that the organization has been selected as a finalist in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program, the carmaker's philanthropic initiative to give 100 cars to 100 nonprofits in 100 days.
"Everyone at the East Texas Food Bank is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the 2012 100 Cars for Good program," said Dennis Cullinane, executive director at the East Texas Food Bank, in a written release. "We're grateful for this incredible opportunity to showcase the East Texas Food Bank's mission to reduce hunger by providing food, support and education to those in need with passion and efficiency."
The East Texas Food Bank was selected as one of the 500 finalists from more than 4,000 applications nationwide. Winners are chosen by the number of votes they receive from the public after the nonprofit's video is released on the website.
East Texas residents will have the opportunity to vote for the food bank from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Winners receive a new Toyota Prius V hybrid. If the East Texas Food Bank garners the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used by many of their team members to conduct site visits in their 26-county service area at food pantries, soup kitchens, drive to nutrition education classes and to get to speaking engagements to raise awareness about hunger, according to the written release.
"At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide," said Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., in the written release. "Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways. The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, and we look forward to the public learning more about them."
For more information on the East Texas Food Bank and its efforts to win one of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good, visit the East Texas Food Bank's website at www.EastTexasFoodBank.org/100cars
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