That space wasn't in use anyway as dealerships in Pennsylvania were forced to halt vehicle sales and close showroom operations to comply with a March 19 state order.
The food pantry "started as a little thing, and it grew," Barber Ford co-owner Matt DePrimo said.
On Easter weekend, the showroom was filled with people picking up food for their families. A line outside the store stretched for 400 yards. The dealership provided 80 turkey dinners, while a restaurant donated another 400 individual dinners. Donated Easter baskets were available for 75 children.
"It was local businesses, local individuals; everyone jumped in," DePrimo said. "It was an overwhelming success."
The dealership operated the food pantry for four weeks, and more than 2,000 people received food. It ended on April 18, two days before Gov. Tom Wolf loosened the state's restrictions on dealerships to allow for online sales.
On the other side of the U.S., one of the largest dealership groups in the country, Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Larry H. Miller Group of Cos., is leading a one-week food drive in Utah. The company's "Driven to Assist" campaign kicked off April 30 and runs through Wednesday, May 6.
Larry H. Miller has set up 40 donation locations, including 22 of its Utah dealerships. To urge people to donate, the dealerships are offering coupons to get $10 off a lube, oil or filter service.
Sand Mountain Toyota was set to wrap up its lunch donations to students on May 1. The program's end was rooted in good news: A federal program is set to provide monetary assistance to families of Alabama students who no longer receive free or reduced-price lunches at their schools.
To have bridged that gap for those students was an honor, Brickey said.
"It's just kind of in our DNA to help people here at the dealership," he said.