Ford, Newman’s Own donate trucks to battle hunger

For the 12th consecutive year, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and Newman’s Own Inc are partnering with domestic hunger-relief organization Feeding America to donate Ford refrigerated trucks filled with Newman’s Own food products. Food banks in four regions are receiving trucks this year, including Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

With this year’s donation of four Ford F-550 trucks, a total of 107 Ford trucks and vans have been donated to Feeding America food banks to help deliver perishable foods.

“While there are encouraging signs that we are coming back from the tough economic times of the past several years, many families still are struggling,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Co. “This partnership is important because it not only provides food to families in need, it also contributes to building stronger communities and a better world.”

The partnership between the two companies began 12 years ago when actor Paul Newman reached out to see how Ford Motor Co could join with Newman’s Own to address the need for fresh and nutritious food for families facing hunger. Since then Feeding America has delivered more than 209 million meals to families nationwide.

The refrigerated trucks allow for delivery of perishable food to hard-to-reach communities that often are underserved, as well as urban and suburban areas. Besides Gleaners, other food banks receiving trucks this fall are Feeding America San Diego, Feeding South Florida in Miami, and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

“Some of the largest increases in food need are in suburban Detroit communities, many of which lack a strong network of emergency food providers,” said W DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners. “We’re grateful to Ford and Newman’s Own for this donation and for continuing to strengthen the emergency food network here and across the country.”

“We have seen a dramatic rise in the number of people raising their hands seeking food assistance from the Feeding America network. Today, we are feeding 37 million people each year—that’s an increase of one million people from four years ago,” said Matt Knott, interim president and chief executive officer of Feeding America.

Visit http://corporate.ford.com for more information on Ford Motor Co. Newman’s Own website is accessible at www.newmansown.com. For more details on how to fight hunger in one’s community and across the United States, visit www.feedingamerica.org.

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