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Cerni Motors Truck Show benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A local truck company revved up its engines to help feed people in need. 

Truckers made the short or long haul to Cerni Motors in Youngstown for a truck and car show that's raising money to help feed people through the Second Harvest Food Bank. 

Last year, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed a record 10.5 million pounds of food to people in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties.

The food feeds people and children who would otherwise go hungry. 

Cerni Motors has hosted the truck and car competition for the past five years.

The President of Cerni Motors, John Cerni, said, "Second Harvest Food Bank passes out millions of pounds of food to help people every year. We just want to be part of that."

Drivers, retired drivers and their families from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Tennessee took part.

They brought canned goods, non-perishable food or gave monetary donations to help Second Harvest Food Bank. 

Second Harvest Food Bank statistics state one out of every six people in the Mahoning Valley struggles with hunger.

The people struggling include senior citizens, children and adults.

Vince Cerni, Vice President of the Cerni Motors, said, "We hold this competition here and then the following year. When we promote the fundraiser and truck show again, we put the winning truck on the cover of the flyer. The winner gets to park his or her truck on the Cerni Motors show room floor the entire weekend."

Ray Cerni, who helps organize the event each year, said, "Let's face it, if you have it, a truck likely brought it to you. So we're pretty integral in everything that people do. That includes everywhere that you go, and anything you consume, truck drivers are a big part of that. The truck drivers live here, and yes they are very generous in helping people in the community."

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