Mini Takes The States Sets Out To Feed 2 Million

by Alice Chase

Did you know hundreds of Mini Coopers are on a cross-country rally raising money for hungry families this week? We had a fabulous time meeting up with many of the Mini Takes The States 2018 participants, including Nik Miles of Our Auto Expert and Meagan Wristen of, at AT&T Stadium to get a firsthand update from the road before Day 5 began.

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We learned so much about this experience and it was an absolute pleasure to cheer them on as they made their transition from Dallas, Texas headed on to Oklahoma for the rest of the 2018 East Coast route. 

“Great things happen when the MINI community comes together, and this year is sure to be another unforgettable experience,” said Thomas Felbermair, Vice President MINI Americas Region. “MINI TAKES THE STATES is the ultimate opportunity for MINI owners to enjoy the famous go-kart handling and performance of their MINI as they travel through America’s scenic backroads and byways.”

Mini Takes The States is more than an epic enthusiast road trip - All this is for a truly wonderful purpose

Did you know that hunger exists in every county in every state in the U.S.? Often, it's a hidden issue that goes unnoticed in communities just like yours. But once we become aware of the struggle, we all want to do what we can to help.

The 2018 goal is to raise enough money to provide over 2 million meals nationwide

In 2016, MINI owners completed an epic 14-day, 4,397-mile adventure raising enough money to provide more than one million meals for families in need through Feeding America. This year’s goal is to raise enough money to provide more than 2 million meals.

A portion of each MTTS participant’s registration fee is donated to Feeding America®, and MINI will collect food donations onsite each morning. Every participant can also start an individual or team fundraising page. Once donation pages are set up, participants will automatically qualify for an exclusive badge decal they can proudly display on their MINI. As they continue to reach donation milestones, they’ll collect additional badges.

About MINI in the US

MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 125 MINI passenger car dealers in 39 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops.

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses, and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.