Cornerstone looks to triple previous effort

by Jim Boyle

Cornerstone Auto Resource challenged itself to scare up 500 volunteers and pack food for 100,000 meals two years ago after an earthquake devastated Haiti.

It’s challenging itself again, only now it has three locations to pack meals out of for Feed My Starving Children.

“Our goal is to pack 300,000 meals during three different packing events on different days and at each location,” according to Jon Berg, the new car sales manager for Cornerstone Auto.

The dealership is looking for volunteers to help out at Cornerstone Auto in Elk River on Saturday, June 2.

The first Feed My Starving Children mobile packing effort was two years ago. More than 600 volunteers helped pack more than 106,000 meals.

The mobile packing at the Plymouth location will be on Sunday, Aug. 12, and the dealership in Monticello will have its packing effort Aug. 7.

The car dealer with locations in Elk River, Plymouth and Monticello is not the first business to host a mobile packing event, but usually it’s churches that can rally enough volunteers and funds to pull it off.  Cornerstone is, however, the first business in Minnesota to host mobile packing events across multiple locations.

“That makes Cornerstone unique,” said Mandi Cherico, a media relations associate for Feed My Starving Children. “They’re really committed to giving up their manpower and resources to make this happen.”

They will need 1,500 volunteers or about 500 per location.  In Elk River where people are used to Harvest Outreach food distributions it might be relatively easy to come up with 500. The Elk River automobile dealer’s first mobile packing netted 106,000 meals and more than 600 volunteers. In locations less familiar with such efforts, it may be difficult.

“We’re looking to form connections,” said Anne Nelson, who works for Cornerstone and coordinates the FMSC efforts.

For info on how to help, call Nelson at 441-2300.