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Ford Volunteers Pack, Prepare and Serve Meals, Take Action to Help Feed Thousands in Our Communities
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 7, 2012 12:01 AM
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The Ford Volunteer Corps is cooking, and also serving meals and stocking shelves on a Ford Accelerated Action Day dedicated to feeding the hungry.
More than 600 Ford employees have teamed up with nonprofit hunger relief partners in our communities to feed men, women and children in need. MODEL Teams of Ford volunteers are stocking warehouse shelves at food banks, cooking and serving meals at shelters and packing food boxes for delivery to those who struggle every day to find food for themselves and their families.
"Ford and its employees are making a difference and stepping up once again to help bring back some of the joy of the season that is missing for many of our neighbors," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "We are grateful that we have resources and helping hands to share with the less fortunate in our communities."
Many of the organizations participating in today's volunteer effort will share more than $53,000 in Ford grants to buy the food and materials needed to complete their projects. Those partners include:
Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit - Pack emergency food boxes & help distribute
This is one of many efforts supported by Ford and its employees throughout the year to help feed the hungry, including a 12 year partnership with Newman's Own® that has contributed 107 refrigerated Ford trucks to help Feeding America deliver more than 209 million meals to families across the country. Ford Motor Company Fund also has provided Transit Connect Mobile Food Pantries to 25 community organizations that deliver food and help with disaster relief in states from coast to coast.
In addition to today's activities, the Ford Volunteer Corps held a Winter Coat and Jacket Drive in southeast Michigan to help keep children and families warm during the winter months.
"It isn't easy seeing so many of our neighbors hungry or down on their luck," said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. "But Ford and its employees care, and it is gratifying to see our volunteers pitching in and comforting so many. It makes all of us truly thankful and appreciative for what we have."
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