PASCO, WA - Several auto dealerships in the Tri-Cities are teaming up with Yokes Fresh Markets once again to help out local food banks.
Through the month of October, McCurley Integrity Dealerships, Russ Dean RV, Toyota of Tri-Cities and Thrifty Car Sales are collecting nonperishable food for the 12th annual Octoberfest Food-Bank Food-Drive.
You can also buy $5 or $10 prepackaged bags of food at the Yokes grocery stores in Kennewick, Pasco and West Richland.
Craig Cavanaugh of McCurley Integrity Auto Dealers, who is also one of the organizers for the event, says this time of year is a down season for the local food banks, so they rely on the annual Octoberfest Drive for support during one of their most crucial times of year.
"Going into the colder months, and the winter months," Cavanaugh said, "they love to be able to put a nice warm Thanksgiving meal on the table of the folks in the Tri-Cities who need the help."
At the end of the month, the auto dealerships will also donate a percentage of their total revenue to the food drive. The food banks then use that money to buy food at a bulk rate.
Last year the Octoberfest Food-Bank Food-Drive raised nearly $19,000, adding up to a total of about 30,000 pounds of food. Since the drive began 12 years ago, it has raised nearly 320,000 pounds of food.