Ford Donating Five Transit Connect Cargo Vans to Hunger Relief Organizations
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and Ford is looking to do its part to help those who are less fortunate in five major cities across America by donating five Transit Connect cargo vans to hunger relief organizations.
The automaker is providing Transit Connect vans to groups in Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Phoenix, and Dallas for the purposes of picking up, transporting, and delivering food for the holiday season. Ford estimates that with the Transit Connect van’s 103.9 cubic feet of cargo space and capability to carry up to 1,470 pounds, each vehicle can carry more than 1,100 meals per trip.
“The first step in creating a better world is helping to fulfill the most basic needs of our neighbors,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Motor Company Fund. “More than 48 million Americans live in fear of going hungry each day and these vehicles will deliver meals – not just during this season of giving but throughout the year.”
These Transit Connect vans will be put into service beginning on December 7th with The Salvation Army of Kansas City. On December 8th, another Transit Connect will be donated to the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. The following day, Chapman Partnership of Miami will receive its own vehicle to help the cause of its two homeless assistance centers. The fifth will be given to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in Chandler, Arizona on the 10th, and the final will be provided to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas on the 11th.
To date, Ford has more than 50 mobile food pantries around the country that have helped distribute 6 million meals to the needy since 2010.