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Denver Area Toyota Dealers Donate $50,000 to Colorado Restaurant Response


The Denver Toyota Dealers Association (TDA) announced today a donation of $50,000 to Colorado Restaurant Response (CRR). The newly formed food coalition was created by local business leaders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting communities across the globe.

CRR distributes meals to food-insecure families and unemployed service workers across the Denver metro area in partnership with the Denver Metro Emergency Food Network and Bondadosa. These ready-to-heat meals are prepared in industrial kitchens of existing restaurant spaces and delivered to thousands of residents each day. The program also provides an opportunity to re-hire and maintain restaurant workers employment. The Denver TDA’s $50,000 contribution will provide funds for utilities, purchasing food and paying hourly workers to prep and deliver the food.

“We’re living in uncertain times and it’s incredible to see how our community came together to combat these unlikely challenges and help those who need it most,” said Deck Hughes, president of the Denver Toyota Dealers Association. “Colorado Restaurant Response is not only helping an industry in desperate need of recovery, but an entire community of people who otherwise may not have had a meal today – and our group of 6 Toyota stores wanted to join in on that cause.”

Every day, restaurant workers are preparing 2,000 meals in four kitchens across the Denver area. Since launching at the end of March, they’ve been able to distribute more than 22,000 nutritious ready-to-heat meals. The goal is to increase capacity to 5,000 meals per day while employing more than 100 workers at ten Colorado restaurants over the next six weeks.

For more information about how you can get involved or to make a donation, visit www.coloradorestaurantresponse.org.

About the Denver Toyota Dealers Association

The Denver Toyota Dealers Association is a group of six Toyota dealerships in the Denver/Boulder area that work collectively on mutually beneficial business endeavors and community sponsorships. For more information on the six ‘Hometown Toyota Stores’, visit:

AutoNation Toyota Arapahoe – Centennial:  www.autonationtoyotaarapahoe.com

Groove Toyota – Englewood:  www.groovetoyota.com

Larry H. Miller Toyota – Boulder: www.bouldertoyota.com

Mountain States Toyota – Denver:  www.mountainstatestoyota.com

Stevinson Toyota East – Aurora:  www.stevinsontoyotaeast.com

Stevinson Toyota West – Lakewood:  www.stevinsontoyotawest.com

About Colorado Restaurant Response

Colorado Restaurant Response is a fully nonprofit entity supported by Denver-area business leaders, operating under the 501c3 support of Colorado Succeeds. The organization was launched by a virtual team of local business leaders from different industries and is dedicated to making a positive impact for communities facing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, by standing up kitchens in restaurants across Colorado to prepare and deliver meals to the food insecure. For more information, visit www.coloradorestaurantresponse.org.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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