Charlotte oil change company switches gears to help food bank

Charlotte oil change company switches gears to help food bank

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has seen a spike in requests for food assistance.

MobileOilChanges.com has organized a virtual initiative, Love Your Neighbor, to help collect funds for the food bank.

“The idea to do a food drive was totally employee-driven,” said Ben Morris, area manager for MobileOilChanges.com. “We know a lot of people are hurting in a lot of different ways right now and wanted to find a really impactful way to help our neighbors during this time.”

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The food bank has expressed its need for funds to purchase healthy shelf-stable items for food boxes. These boxes will help feed families whose children are missing school meals, seniors being asked to stay safely in their homes, those in need of food who are quarantined and employees in our community being impacted by decreases in work hours.

“I want to ask people who are able to find a way to get involved,” Morris said. “Some employees have donated directly, and others have helped through sharing on their social media, but everyone is involved in serving in this time of need. Find a way to love your neighbor.”

For the past 15 years, WSOC-TV and Second Harvest have partnered to end area hunger through the 9 Food Drive. The unforeseen effect of the coronavirus has caused significant changes to how food donations can be collected and distributed.

This year, the 9 Food Drive campaign is transitioning to a virtual food drive and will only accept online monetary donations. Funds donated will help the food bank purchase staple grocery items to continue packaging food boxes.

With the Second Harvest staff packing 2,500 boxes a week and an additional 10,000 boxes a week being packed by volunteers at the Charlotte Convention Center, the food bank will be packing tens of thousands of food boxes within the next 30 days.

Second Harvest has a donation program in place with different levels of giving. Donors can equate their monetary donation to what can be supplied by the food bank.

Here are some of the giving levels:

  • A donation of $7 will help provide a food backpack for children missing school meals. ​
  • A donation of $13 will help provide a food box of 12 to 13 healthy staple items.
  • A donation of $25 will help provide a seven-day nutritionally balanced food box.

Food boxes are filled with a variety of items (protein -- peanut butter, cereal, fruit and vegetables). Each box varies, depending on what items the food bank can purchase.