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DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 20, 2018 – More than 650,000 people in Southeast Michigan will face hunger this year, according to Gleaners Community Food Bank, and Ford Motor Company Fund and its nonprofit partners are once again teaming up to address food challenges this holiday season. Ford Fund contributed more than $1.5 million to support hunger relief agencies across the United States this year, much of that in Metro Detroit where the agency delivered hundreds of thousands of meals and improved access to other basic needs for disadvantaged people and families.
For the 11th consecutive year, Ford Fund is joining the Detroit Area Agency on Aging to support the Holiday Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving program. Ford Fund’s $50,000 donation to DAAA will provide a hot holiday meal to more than 6,000 homebound seniors. Ford volunteers will be on hand to pack and deliver food. The contribution will also provide dollars throughout the year toward daily meal service.
“As we say thanks and count our blessings during the holiday season, Ford Fund is stepping up its efforts to feed the hungry as a critical first step toward making people’s lives better,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Serving people by meeting the most basic of human needs is key to the Ford Fund’s mission to build stronger communities and help all people reach their full potential.”
Here are some of the other ways Ford Fund is providing increased access to food and spreading joy this holiday season.
Along with working to reduce hunger, Ford and Ford Fund have made community investments totaling more than $166 million in Southeast Michigan over the past 10 years. Ford and Ford Fund provide nearly $20 million a year for education, arts, culture, hunger relief and more in and around the city of Detroit. In addition to America’s Thanksgiving Parade, Ford also sponsors the annual Ford Fireworks in Detroit.
Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $1.5 billion to build stronger communities around the world.
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Ford Motor Company Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Established in 1949, Ford Fund invests in transformational programs that advance innovation, empower people, promote social mobility and improve community prosperity. Ford Fund works with local and global partners to create opportunities in education, encourage safe driving, enlist employee volunteers and enrich community life. Ford Fund’s signature programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford Next Generation Learning and the Ford Volunteer Corps. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com, or join us on Facebook @FordFund and Twitter @FordFund.