Auto body shop aims to collect 5 million meals for hungry kids

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSAP) – Tuesday, Caliber Collision hosted a food drive, that’ll end in May, to help families feed children over the summer months. The collected in the Upstate will feed some of the 1 in 5 children struggling with hunger in South Carolina. 

Caliber Collision is a national auto body chain, with branches in 37 states across the U.S. The drive, named Rhythm Restoration Food Drive, started six years ago and has raised more than 10 million meals since its inception. 

Kevin Crane, the Spartanburg & Columbia Regional Manager, said  the focus is to ‘fill a child’s tank’  with healthy meals, so they can ‘go at top speed’ all summer long.

“We try to restore everybody back to the rhythm of their life. Not only our clients, our customers, our teammates, but also the community. We want to make sure that we’re taking care of everybody, and we know there’s a need for this. So, we feel like it’s the right thing to do,” Crane said. 

The branches in the upstate decorated their food collection bins in fun, unique and kid friendly designs.

While this is adorable, like children, its an intentional subtle message to highlighting the dark and serious problem of hunger plaguing South Carolina.

 In 2018 Caliber Collision collected more than 4.5 million meals for families in need. This year’s goal is to reach 5 million meals. 

To help with the collection efforts, the Upstate branches hosted a golf tournament and raised $100,000 dollars.

Crane isn’t sure how close the company is to the 5 million meals, but said every little bit helps.

“Really just anything you can bring. I mean, we’ll take anything that I guess is non-perishable, and then, you know, of course donations that are money. Anything we can do. The food banks will take the money of course and provide the food if need be,” Crane said. 

Caliber Collision started Rhythm Restoration Food Drive on April 9th. The drive is intended to run until, Friday, May 10th.

But, if the company has not reached the 5 million meal mark, Upstate branches already plan to push back the May 10th deadline. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Rhythm Restoration Food Drive, click here

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