Ford Motor Company Fund and The Idaho Foodbank have announced a grant of $5,000 to the Foodbank’s Nutrition Services programs in North Central Idaho as part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. The donation is one of six grants to food banks across the Pacific Northwest intended to address the growing issue of childhood hunger in this country.
“There is nothing more heart-wrenching than a child going hungry,” said Joe Hall, owner of Joe Hall Ford in Lewiston. “We are thankful that Ford Motor Company Fund is taking steps to address this growing problem and Your Local Ford Store is proud to support this effort.”
“We ar thrilled to receive this grant from Ford,” said Cari Miller, manager of The Idaho Foodbank’s North Central Branch. “We have seen our clientele of families greatly increase due to economic challenges, and the $5,000 Ford is donating will help us provide the food needed for 15,000 meals to help hungry Idaho families.”
The Ford Motor Company Fund has supported various campaigns to enhance driver safety, education and community life for Northwest residents. Previous initiatives include:
* Ford Women’s Health Initiative Mobile Breast Imaging Tour, which traveled through Washington, Oregon and Idaho, providing free 3D ultrasound testing to more than 2,300 women, many of whom were uninsured or under-insured for the procedure
* Ford Driving Skills for Life program, which offered safety training to young drivers at Northwest high schools. The program included hands-on training modules with professional drivers, school assemblies and Web-based resources all aimed at combating the inexperience that leads to the No. 1 killer of teens – traffic crashes
“We are committed to helping meet the growing community needs in this region,” said Jim Vella, president Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Ford Motor Company has been investing in our communities for decades, and we plan to continue our community engagement efforts in the Northwest.”
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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. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national 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 dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.