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Ford Fund, Detroit Lions Team for Meet Up & Eat Up Program

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Ford Fund and the Detroit Lions have announced a new partnership that will combine their respective powers toward the goal of ending hunger in Detroit. Both organizations join the Meet Up & Eat Up program, which has already enlisted the services of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Eastern Market, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Fair Food Network, Playworks Detroit, and Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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“Ford is partnering with the Detroit Lions to help eradicate food insecurity and teach nutrition education in our local community,” said Jim Vella, President Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford is focused on hunger as part of our ongoing commitment to driving a brighter future for our region. Ford has a fleet of Transit Connect Mobile Food Pantries in Southeast Michigan that deliver 1.3 million meals through organizations that feed the hungry.”

This week alone, Ford and the Lions participated in Meet Up & Eat Up events at the Putzel Family Center and Patton Center. Future events include:

  • Corrigan Playground, Tuesday, July 29th, 11 am-12 pm
  • New Breed Community Development Corporation, Wednesday, July 30th, 1-2 pm
  • Martin Luther King Apartment Complex, Tuesday, July 22nd, 11:35 am-12:35 pm
  • ACTS Woodbridge Community Youth Center, Wednesday, July 23rd, 11 am-12 pm
  • Adams Butzel, Tuesday, August 5th, 12-1 pm
  • Lasky Center, Wednesday, August 6th, 12-1 pm

It was also announced that the partnership will continue into the fall, and that one aspect of the partnership will be a co-branded Ford Transit that will be responsible will delivering meals to those in need around Detroit.

The Lions and Ford Fund partnership began with the second annual Taste of the Lions event on May 20 at Ford Field. The event, which was sponsored by Ford Motor Company, raised $100,000 to benefit Detroit Eastern Market.

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