Ford Motor Company Supports Local Boys & Girls Clubs With Funds to Feed Hungry Children
SEATTLE, Nov. 21, 2017 – 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 percent 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 $1,200 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.
“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 $2 million, providing more than 2 million meals to regional programs. Earlier this year, Ford dealers in the region collected over 75,000 pounds of peanut butter, enough to make more than 1 million peanut butter sandwiches.
“We’re grateful for Ford’s continued commitment to end hunger,” Ron McHenry, board president, Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Association. “The funds will enable our Clubs to reach even more children who face food insecurity.”
Locally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley are partnering with Mocks Ford in Grants Pass and Butler Ford in Ashland and will use their funds to serve extra special holiday meals to local youth during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.
*Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley will be at Mocks Ford at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 21st for a check presentation.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley
Serving over 5,00 youth each year, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley works to provide year-round positive, fun and safe places for all youth, helping them build self-esteem and develop skills necessary to make right choices, becoming responsible and productive citizens. Since 1970, Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley has served thousands of Southern Oregon youth through a diversity of programs at three club locations: Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Talent, and through Team Sports in Josephine County. The Club’s overarching goal is to help each youth reach their full potential and BE GREAT by achieving academic success, living a healthy lifestyle and becoming productive citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley relies on community support to continue to serve our youth, please consider a donation to our community’s future leaders.
To learn more about Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley visit www.begreat4kids.com
About Ford Motor Company Fund
Ford Motor Company Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Established in 1949, Ford Fund invests in innovative, transformational programs that empower people to take control of their lives and contribute to overall community prosperity. Ford Fund works with local and global partners to create opportunities that advance education, promote safe driving, enlist employee volunteers and enrich community life. Ford Fund’s signature programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford Next Generation Learning and the Ford Volunteer Corps.
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