PORTLAND, Ore., April 19, 2013 – Ford Motor Company Fund and Oregon Food Bank announced today a grant of $100,000 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 Bess Wills, dealer at Gresham Ford. "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 are thrilled to receive this grant from Ford,” said Laura Golino de Lovato, OFB’s Director of Development. “Childhood hunger is a huge problem in Oregon. Oregon is among the states with the highest rate of child food insecurity. This generous gift will support OFB’s goal to expand school-based food pantries and help OFB purchase additional kid-friendly foods to distribute throughout our statewide network.”
“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.
About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four branches and 16 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems. For more information, visit www.oregonfoodbank.org.
Contact: Jenny Yim-Nordquist