DEARBORN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As part of Ford Motor Company’s expanded hunger relief efforts this year, the company announced the donation of a new truck to The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club that will help serve 5,000 meals a day to needy people in Detroit.
The vehicle, which goes into operation this week, joins the Bed & Bread fleet that provides a sandwich, fruit, beverage, soup and snack to city neighborhoods. The Detroit Bed & Bread program is the largest one in the country. Marathon Petroleum Corporation will provide a year of free gasoline for the new vehicle.
“We’re proud to help the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club travel to those in need, because hunger never takes a holiday,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “By addressing the issue of hunger through other programs such as Ford Mobile Food Pantries, Ford Focus on Child Hunger and Meet Up and Eat Up, we are going further to create stronger communities.”
The new truck, an E-350, is part of a combined investment of $1.3 million across the U.S. in grants, vehicles and other assistance toward hunger relief from Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund, the automaker’s philanthropic arm. The support is helping tackle hunger and homelessness in communities, providing millions of meals for people across the U.S. Among the activities:
- Ford is working with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging to help provide meals to more than 6,000 homebound seniors. This is the seventh year Ford has donated $40,000 to support the Holiday Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving program, as well as provide additional funding for the daily meal service.
- Ford is collaborating with The Parade Company and Gleaners Community Food Bank to fight hunger by collecting donations for holiday meals from people texting EAT to 85944.
- Ford has teamed up with Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center and Feeding America® for a national text-to-donate campaign in conjunction with the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. You can text MEAL to 50555 to make a $10 donation.
Meantime, Ford is helping southeast Michigan celebrate the holiday season with support of America’s Thanksgiving Parade, now in its 88th year. The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang will lead the parade in Detroit, one of more than 50 Ford vehicles playing a role in the event, along with the Ford float.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com
About The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club
The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s Bed & Bread program, serves more than 5,000 meals each day, more than 1.8 million meals every year, to men, women and children who would otherwise go without. The program also provides nearly 600 homeless individuals with shelter each night, 212,000 nights annually. Bed & Bread trucks are unique to The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit, leaving from The Army’s Acres of Hope campus in Detroit 365 days a year to serve meals within neighborhoods at designated stops throughout the day. Case managers aboard the Bed & Bread trucks also assist clients by helping them receive critical social services through The Salvation Army’s housing and rehabilitation treatment programs.
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