Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers’ Truckloads of Hope returns to support Capuchin Soup Kitchen

38 MDCD locations accepting shower and household essentials during month of March

DETROIT—February 28, 2019—Helping those in need, the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Association (MDCD) Truckloads of Hope donation drive returns for the third consecutive year to support the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Services Center with personal shower supplies and household essentials. John Fox, President of the MDCD, announced this year’s campaign, which will run from March 1 through March 30. The goal of MDCD’s Truckloads of Hope is to fill 38 Chevy Silverado truck beds—one from each MDCD location—and mobilize a Silverado caravan to present the donations to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Donations from the drive will benefit The Capuchin Services Center, which traditionally assists 200,000 Detroit neighbors annually with emergency food and clothing. The center’s “shoppers choice” food pantry provides guests a retail-like experience, and distributes more than 10,000 pounds of food each day. In addition, the clothing area distributes over 1,700 articles of clothing each day.

Donations will also assist the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Meldrum kitchen location, which has a shower program that offers homeless guests one shower per week, along with a fresh set of laundered clothing. About 100 individuals use the shower program each week.

“The Capuchin organization has been offering such meaningful services to those in need for generations, and the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers couldn’t be more proud to support them for a third year. Not only are we asking consumers to come in to our dealerships to donate, but our dealerships as a whole including all of our employees get involved to contribute to this effort,” Fox said. “We are 100% behind the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s mission and advocacy for human dignity, and collecting shower and household supplies is the least we can do.”

Br. Jerry Johnson, Capuchin Soup Kitchen executive director, commented on the Truckloads of Hope donation drive.

"Things like a warm shower or household supplies are easily taken for granted. But these things make a big difference for a person or family struggling economically,” said Br. Jerry. “We're very thankful to everybody who purchases items and drops them off to Metro Detroit Chevy dealership sites as an act of kindness and love for our neighbors.” 

Visitors are invited to place their donations in the back of a ‘Truckloads of Hope’ 2019 Chevy Silverado truck display at any of the participating MDCD showrooms between March 1–30. The following are suggested items that are most in need:

  • Sheets (full & twin)
  • Blankets (full & twin)
  • Laundry Detergent (42 or 64 oz)
  • White hand and bath towels
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby Wipes
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Disposable Razors
  • Travel Deodorant
  • Travel Shaving Cream
  • Travel hand sanitizer
  • Socks
  • Underwear

According to Fox, the strong and sturdy Silverado has a soft spot for doing good in the D.

“With Truckloads of Hope, our new 2019 Silverado will take the lead in this year’s goodwill efforts,” said Fox. “Not only is it the strongest, most advanced Silverado ever, but for us, it also serves as a symbol for doing good deeds in and around Detroit.”

About the Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Founded in 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing, and human development programs to the people of our community.  In addition to preparing and serving up to 1,700 meals a day, it operates a shower program, emergency food pantry, and a tutoring and art therapy program for children. It also distributes household items and clothing. Its Earthworks Urban Farm harvests six tons of produce from a two-and-a-half-acre USDA-certified organic farm, and educates the community in regards to sustainable relationships between human beings and the earth. The Soup Kitchen’s On the Rise Bakery affords workforce development and skills training for returning citizens. In addition, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Jefferson House – a twelve bed residential substance use disorder treatment facility – assists men seeking to reclaim their lives from addiction.

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, with ministries in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Montana.  The Capuchins are funded primarily by donations, receiving no government assistance.

About Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (MCDC)

The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Local Marketing Association (LMA) is comprised of 38 Chevrolet dealerships in Southeastern Michigan. It is the MDCD mission to take an active role in local communities and to support the Metro Detroit area by featuring local events, venues, bands, charities and people in its marketing campaigns. For a complete listing of the 38 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and other information please visit