Missouri Rental Dealers Association (MRDA) members met last week to provide community service and financial contributions as part of their third annual charity tour. Rent-to-own associates from Cleek’s Inc. dba Aaron’s Sales & Lease and Rent One volunteered their time and donated a $1,000 check to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. MRDA participated in The Food Bank’s Buddy Pack program that is designed to provide nutritious food over the weekend to children who rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. Buddy Packs typically contain two ready-to-eat entrees, a fruit cup, cereal, shelf-stable milk and a nutritional bar. During the school year, the Buddy Pack program distributes food to 7,500 children in more than 150 schools each week. “It’s always rewarding to give back to the community and help those in need,” says MRDA President John Cleek, Jr. “This is a great team building service project for our association and a chance to work together with associates from other companies.”
A member of Feeding America, The Food Bank is able to work with manufacturers, wholesalers, processors, growers, retailers and restaurants to secure donations and food at reduced costs. Because of these partnerships, they are able to turn every dollar into $21 worth of groceries. With the $1000 donation presented to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri they will be able to purchase $21,000 worth of groceries that will help feed thousands of those in need.Click here to read more about The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Click here to read more about the Missouri Dealers Association 2017 Annual Charity Tour. Click here to see more photos of the Missouri Dealers Association 2017 Annual Charity Tour.