GUNN AUTO GROUP LAUNCHES "TOP GUNNS" VOLUNTEER CORPS
Initiative is Part of the Gunn Gives Philanthropic Community Outreach
San Antonio, TX. (May 27, 2020) - The “Top Gunns,” volunteers from Gunn Gives, the philanthropic arm of Gunn Automotive Group, visited the San Antonio Food Bank’s distribution center today to join other community volunteers to help sort and pack grocery items that will be distributed to an estimated 10,000 needy families at the Alamodome this Friday.
The crisis of COVID-19 continues to strain the donated food supply chain generally available to the San Antonio Food Bank. According to the May 2020 Impact Report supplied by the San Antonio Food Bank, this month they have already served 600,000 individuals, with an estimated 50% of those accessing the food bank for the first time. They have distributed 17,000,000 pounds of food and served for than 35,000 cars during their recent drive thru distributions with more expected before the end of the month.
Companies are donating truckloads of food, which would usually be given to food pantries, soup kitchens or other types of congregant feeding. The immediate need is to have volunteers break down these palletized boxes so mixed grocery boxes that can be created for families.
Due to COVID-19 many non-profits have had to layoff vital staff and eliminate non-essential expenditures such as landscaping and clerical help. With many local corporations on reduced work schedules, their volunteer groups are unavailable for service.
Gunn has donated millions of dollars to area charities, but they wanted to do more than simply write a check. “Our Top Gunns volunteer corps was created so we, as a company, could provide physical, in-person support to San Antonio charities,” said Sean Gunn, Owner, Gunn Auto Group. “Now, more than ever, charities are in need of volunteer help to provide essential services, and we are honored to have our employees out helping in the community.” Volunteers are paid for their time serving our community and available for special events, landscaping, office assistance and many other tasks working with the elderly, children, veterans and direct service agencies such as soup kitchens and food pantries.
Today’s volunteers came from all five Gunn Auto San Antonio dealerships: Nissan, Chevrolet, Buick/GMC, Honda and Acura.
The group was able to pack 500 boxes in their 2.5 hour shift.
About Gunn Automotive Group
What began as a horse-drawn wagon company more than 100-years ago has evolved into a third generation, locally owned automotive company representing six of the top selling automobile brands; Acura, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Honda and Nissan. The Gunn Automotive Group employs approximately 700. Their philanthropic arm, Gunn Gives, has provided millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations since its inception.
About the San Antonio Food Bank
The San Antonio Food Bank is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing millions of pounds of food to more than 500 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas serving those in need.