Jim Hudson Automotive donates funds to Harvest Hope for one million meals

Keith and Jim Hudson discuss the fundraiser the automotive group conducts annually to raise money for Harvest Hope. Karamie Sullivan photos.

Jim and Keith Hudson, of Jim Hudson Automotive, traveled to Harvest Hope Food Bank Wednesday morning to make an important “delivery.”

The Hudsons presented a check to Harvest Hope for $200,000, which funds one million meals for children and families receiving assistance. According to Keith Hudson, the check represents the seven millionth meal the automotive group has provided for Harvest Hope. Hudson said of all the charities for which they raise money, this is the largest donation every year.

“Our goal is to make sure no child is food-deprived in our state. That is our goal, and we are excited to be a part of it,” said Keith Hudson.

Keith’s father, Jim Hudson, said they always look forward to the fundraiser, and get their customers and employees involved as well. “Many customers tell our staff, ‘The reason we’re here today to purchase a vehicle is because of what you’re doing in the community, and the impact you’re making.’ They know their proceeds are helping make a difference,” he said. “Our customers are wonderful people, and they know we’re a giving organization. This is our biggest goal every year – to feed a million meals.”

The dealership donates funds from vehicle purchases that were bought over a two-month time frame.

Harvest Hope CEO Wendy Broderick voiced her enthusiasm and gratitude for the generous donation. “I’m two months into the role as CEO of Harvest Hope. What a joy it is for me in those first couple months to work so closely with Jim Hudson Auto Group to feed so many kids within the community,” she said.

According to Broderick, 82,000 local children are food-insecure. “So, at this time of year, this support today is absolutely critical for us to meet our mission. No child should ever be hungry,” she added.

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