Open Hand currently serves meals to more than 5,200 medically fragile clients around metro Atlanta. The organization expects it will need to serve even more people in May, executive director Matt Pieper said in a statement.
“These Sprinter Vans will immediately be put to use to help us meet this demand,” Pieper added.
With many charitable organizations struggling with the loss of volunteers during the outbreak, Mercedes-Benz wanted to find a way to help nonprofits with specific needs, according to Kat Reynolds, community relations specialist for Mercedes.
“This [initiative] ultimately supports so many more clients across the metro Atlanta footprint,” she said.
In addition to the Curbside Caring Intiative, Mercedes-Benz employees are showing appreciation to Sandy Springs restaurants and first responders. On Thursdays in April, the company is buying lunch for 100 police and fire employees. Mercedes calls on a different restaurant each week to prepare and deliver the meals.
Sandy Springs Public Information Officer Salvador Ortega said the Public Safety department receives ongoing displays of appreciation from Mercedes-Benz and the community.
“We try to thank people for what they do for us,” he said. “It’s an just overwhelming show of support. Last Thursday Mercedes brought City Barbecue. Today it was Breadwinner Café [and Bakery].”