KAR employees have once again impressed with their incredible generosity—and their competitive spirit—during the 6th annual Battle of the Floors Food Drive to benefit Midwest Food Bank.

While typically hosted in November, the decision was made to shift this year’s food drive to September to coincide with National Hunger Action Month. As with previous KAR Battle of the Floors events, employees were encouraged to donate food items or cash. The results set a record for the third year in a row: more than 29,000 food items and $1,067 in cash. The combined weight of the donated food was nearly 26,000 pounds.

The third floor won this year’s food drive with 5,617 items donated from its 143 employees. The winners will celebrate with an ice cream social and the opportunity to choose a United Way agency to support with a separate monetary donation on behalf of KAR. The first floor came in second with 8,379 items for 237 employees.

The remaining results were as follows:

  • 5th floor: 4026 / 172 employees
  • 4th floor: 4254 / 238 employees
  • 2nd floor: 3597 / 269 employees
  • Woodland office (honorary floor): 3656 / 343 employees

The winning floor was selected based on the number of items donated per employee.

According to John Whitaker, executive director of Midwest Food Bank, the annual KAR food drive is the largest single-event food drive benefitting Midwest in Indiana. The event has become so big that this year it attracted the attention of local media in Indianapolis. FOX affiliate FOX59 News visited our Carmel headquarters when Midwest arrived with a semi-truck to load up the pallets, crates and bags of food. You can watch the story below:

Seeing stacks of canned goods grow at collection points on each floor was exciting. Watching employees unloading flats of boxed items from their cars was impressive. But the best part was seeing a semi-trailer loaded with pallets, flats and cardboard crates of food items.

Even after the food drive was officially over, the good news kept rolling in. Midwest Food Bank had received an offer of a truckload of cereal out of Memphis if Midwest could provide the transportation. The monetary donation from our food drive more than paid for that transportation. In essence, the KAR food drive provided Midwest with a second truckload of food for the needy in Indiana.

We want to thank our team members who participated and supported such an amazing cause. You can see photos of their generosity below.

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The KAR team stands with a large pile food donations

KAR employees donated $1,067 in cash on top of 29,000 food items.
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KAR employees donated $1,067 in cash on top of 29,000 food items.

The KAR lobby filled with food donations.
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The KAR lobby filled with thousands of food donations.

Helping to sort food donations.
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KAR employees helping to sort food donations.

Sorting food donations.
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Sorting food donations.