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Ford Motor Company Supports Local Boys & Girls Clubs

With Funds to Fight Food Scarcity

 

Sidney's Ford dealership owner Gary Schoepp stands with Michele Seadeek, development director of the Boys and Girls Club of Richland County, to recognize the donations given to aid in the purchase of healthy snacks for the club. Eagle Country Ford donated $1000, Ford Foundation donated $1300.

Ford Motor Company Fund and local Ford Dealers are donating more than $100,000 to more than 60 Boys and Girls Clubs across the Pacific Northwest to help feed children during the holidays. It is estimated nearly 24% of children are food insecure and unsure how their next meal will be provided.

Ford Focus on Child Hunger has donated more than $1.2 million across regional programs as part of the company's work to address food access issues.

Ford Motor Company Fund and local Ford Dealers are donating more than $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska to help feed children during the holidays. This donation is in response to the increased demand for nutritious meals during the holidays, when many children lose access to school nutrition programs. It is estimated nearly 24% of children are unsure how their next meal will be provided.

Sixty-six clubs across the five-state region are receiving Ford Fund grants ranging from $1,000 to $1,300 as part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. This donation will expand the previously launched campaign and increase the number of children who benefit from this hunger initiative. The money will be used to provide meals and snacks at the Clubs during the holiday season. With holiday school closures, the Boys and Girls Clubs see a seasonal increase in the number of kids needing services.

In addition to these funds, Ford is inviting each Boys & Girls Club to participate in the Youth Ford Video Challenge to help raise awareness of childhood hunger. Each club is invited to tell a video story of child hunger in their community for a chance to win an iPad mini and $500.

"As the holidays approach, many struggle with providing meals for their families," said Larry Gregerson Program Manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. "We hope this donation will inspire others to join us in the fight against child hunger."

Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is working in several ways to address food access and food insecurity throughout the U.S. In the five-state Pacific Northwest region, Ford Focus on Hunger has donated more than $1.2 million, providing more than 1.5 million meals to regional programs. Earlier this year, Ford Dealers in the region collected over 30,000 pounds of peanut butter, enough to make 420,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

"We're grateful for Ford's continued commitment to end hunger," Matt Watrous, Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Association. "The funds will enable our clubs to reach even more children who face food insecurity."

 

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