Hendrick Honda Feeds Prince William County with Donations to ACTS

June 9th, 2017 by

This week, we’re hosting a food drive as part of the Team Honda Week of Service. For the second year, Honda dealers and partners across North America are collectively performing acts of service during the week of June 8-19.

This year, 206 dealers, 92 suppliers, and 20 Honda companies will perform acts of service, ranging from food and blood drives to beach clean-ups and pet adoptions. We’re doing our part and the food drive will benefit the food pantry at ACTION in Community Through Service.

You can get involved too. Bring any non-perishable food items to Hendrick Honda, and drop them in the shopping carts located inside both the new car showroom and the service center lounge.

ACTS makes a difference in local communities

When fire stole everything one family owned, 13 local churches banded together to help them rebuild. It was 1969, and so began ACTION Community Through Service. It wasn’t long before they created the county’s first food bank and a homeless shelter. The ACTS founders continued to expand services as the needs of the community became apparent.

“ACTS created client-centered programs that deal with utility and food assistance, domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide prevention, and housing problems,” said a representative of ACTS. “In 2016, the organization added a site in Manassas, Va. to aid individuals who experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. Also in 2016, ACTS purchased a building to create the Hunger Prevention Center. The building is to store fresher and healthier food options so clients in need can receive nutritious staples. ACTS continues to thrive through donations and volunteer service that comes from businesses, faith-based organization, and individuals willing to make a difference. ”

Why we chose to partner with ACTS

More than one organization exists in Prince William County to help the community. Once the decision is made to do a service project, where to aim the service is not an easy decision to make. One of our employees, Diane Reynolds, explains why ACTS was chosen.

“The work ACTS does is incredibly prevalent in the Prince William County area,” Diane said. “All of the many things they do help so many families in the area are incredible. We as a company have donated money in the past to ACTS, and when we had the opportunity to choose an organization to work with for the Team Honda Week of Service they were who we chose.”

There is a wide variety of ways to get involved with ACTS. While it isn’t easy to donate rooms for victims of domestic violence or homelessness, it is pretty easy for those who can afford it to pick up two bags of brown rice instead of one.

The food drive made the most sense to us. We are excited about it and we hope you will be too.

What to donate

While ACTS may be able to accommodate donations of all kinds directly to their food pantry, our food drive at Hendrick is more than a week long and is asking for all non-perishable food items.

While shopping for the food drive, think about how you can drop off items that pack a heavy nutritional punch with each serving. Whole grain pasta and powdered milk make great choices. Canned or dried beans and canned vegetables and meat can fill out a meal. Items low in sodium give those who are on a limited sodium diet better options.

Check out the infographic below for more ideas on what to donate to our food drive.

When to donate to ACTS through Hendrick Honda

Bring your donations by anytime we’re open. We’ll be happy to help you unload them at the New Car Show Room during the following times:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. -8 p.m.
Sunday: 1-6 p.m.

We can also take donations Monday –Friday, 6 -7 p.m., and Saturday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Service Center Lounge.

We couldn’t be more excited to provide food for our community by donating to ACTS. Their representatives say it best:

“Providing food to our neighbors is one of the most important programs we offer at ACTS.ACTS has been able to provide hundreds of families with over 240,000 pounds of food. We couldn’t have done this without the partnerships that have believed in our mission for years, nor without the help of our volunteers at the pantry that donate their time and talents in making sure that their neighbors are fed.”

To learn more about our involvement in the community and what you can do to help, read more about Fill a Backpack, Fill a Need. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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