Published: Aug 27, 2013 12:27 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 27, 2013 1:06 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A local Ford dealership is giving tens of thousands of dollars to one of Southwest Florida's most helpful non-profits.

Over the past few months, Sam Galloway Ford in Fort Myers has been collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to give to Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. The family-owned dealer collected $35,000 in donations for CCMI's mission to end hunger locally.

Sam Galloway Ford surpassed their $25,000 goal with the help of Ford Motor Company; they donated an extra $10,000 to the drive.

This is the second year CCMI has hosted their "Summer Drive For Hunger" campaign, to collect food at a time of year when they say their stock runs low.

"Summer time is when you start to see the shelves get a little thin," said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. "We've been really lucky this year. And with the support of folks like Sam Galloway Ford and community members who understand the need, we've done really well this summer. I think we've done the best we can to put food in the mouths of those who are hungry."

CCMI fed 10,250 people in Southwest Florida in 2012 alone.