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NEW YORK CITY, May 9, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is joining with Robin Hood’s “Night for NYC” in the fight against poverty by donating a Ford Transit Mobile Food Pantry van to New York Common Pantry.
The Transit van will allow New York Common Pantry to expand Nourish, a Commodity Supplemental Food Program funded by the New York State Department of Health and U.S. Department of Agriculture, which delivers food to low income senior citizens. The Transit’s size and flexibility will enable the agency to reach neighborhoods not accessible by larger delivery vehicles.
“Ford Motor Company has been making people’s lives better for more than 100 years — not only by building great vehicles, but also through investing in communities,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We are proud to assist New York Common Pantry as they expand their work fighting hunger across New York City.”
Ford Mobile Food Pantries are a national network of more than 50 Transit vans that make it easier for food banks to deliver more meals to more places. In addition to New York Common Pantry, Ford has donated vans to God’s Love We Deliver and the Hispanic Federation in New York City. Last year, Ford Fund provided funding that served three million meals across the U.S. Hunger relief is core to the mission of the Ford Fund, the philanthropic
In addition to the Transit van donation, Ford CEO Mark Fields is serving as a co-chair of Robin Hood’s 2016 benefit fundraiser at the Javits Center.
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving. Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning and other inspiring programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.