CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Foodbank got a big boost Thursday from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association when the dealers presented the foodbank with a $50,000 check.
The money will be used as part of a larger matching gift challenge from the foodbank. Every dollar donated from the public to the Cleveland Foodbank from now until December 31 will be matched until a total of $150,000 dollars is raised to fight hunger across Northeast Ohio.
Ken Ganley, President of the Ganley Auto Group and treasurer of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, said, "The matching $50,000 dollars for a total of $100,000 will provide 400,000 meals to people and that's just fantastic. It really makes you feel good."
Ganley also said the dealers really believe in supporting the community because the community has always supported them.
"It's the right thing to do," said Ganley.
Other deal representatives at the event were Lou Vitantonia, President of the Dealers Association, Frank Porter of Central Cadillac, David Waikem of Waikem Honda, and Colin MacLean of Elyria Hyundai.
The Cleveland Foodbank supplies the majority of food used at local hot meal sites, shelters and food pantries. It also sends food to child care centers, group homes and programs for the elderly.