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Thursday, 09 May 2019 20:23

Body Shop Aims to Collect 5 Million Meals for Hungry Kids

Written by TaTiana Cash, WSPA News

On May 7, Caliber Collision hosted a food drive to help families feed children over the summer months. Food collected in the Upstate will feed some of the one-in-five 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 to our clients, customers, and teammates, but also to the community. We want to make sure we're taking care of everybody.  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.


Bin decorations are an intentional subtle message, highlighting the dark side 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 10.


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


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


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