WEST CHESTER, PA — The Fred Beans Automotive Group typically ends the year working toward an ambitious sales goal, but this year’s goal was different: provide 50,000 meals to those in need. Throughout December, Fred Beans committed to donating a portion of every sale and service bill to hunger-fighting organizations in areas where the automotive group operates. The effort resulted in a $27,500 donation, which will provide about 55,000 meals, with most food pantries able to provide two meals per dollar. Locally, the effort benefits the Salvation Army of West Chester.
“We launched our first meals challenge in May 2020, at the height of the pandemic, with a goal of providing 500,000 meals by the end of the year,” said Fred Beans, founder and president of the automotive group bearing his name. “Just over a year and a half later, our commitment to fighting hunger is just as firm, because we know the need is just as staggering. I am proud of our entire organization, including our customers, who recognize the importance of staying in this fight to aid our neighbors, friends and coworkers through an exceptionally difficult time.”
Dennis Malloy, co-owner/partner of Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown, even matched his dealership’s contribution of $2,500 with a personal check to provide local beneficiary, the Salvation Army of Boyertown food pantry, with a total of $5,000. He noted the need, with this local food pantry supporting more than 300 families a week, emphasizing, “It takes all of us helping in some way to really make a difference.”
Locally, Fred Beans operates Ford and Lincoln dealerships in West Chester and a Volkswagen dealership in Devon, all with automotive services. It also has an AutoRent car rental site in West Chester. All donation dollars from those operations directly benefit the Salvation Army of West Chester.
In total, five hunger-fighting organizations are supported by the Fred Beans 50,000 Meals Challenge: the Bucks County Opportunity Council, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Flemington Area Food Pantry, the Salvation Army of Boyertown and the Salvation Army of West Chester.
“My father has always encouraged us to do something every day to make our community better, both as a company and personally,” said Beth Beans Gilbert, vice president. “So many of our Fred Beans team members have taken these words to heart, not only supporting our meals challenges and food drives, but also volunteering their tim
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