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Ford Donates $100K, Diapers, Formula to Gleaners Community Food Bank

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Gleaners Food Bank Diaper and Formula Drive

Earlier this week, Ford made good on a $100,000 donation to the Gleaners Community Food Bank in its hometown of Detroit. Ford Motor Company Fund’s six-figure contribution is said to be enough to purchase enough formula necessary to feed approximately 7,000 infants for a month.

In addition to the monetary contribution, Ford Mobile Food Pantries delivered baby formula and diapers to food banks and various nonprofits throughout Detroit.

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“Meeting the most basic needs of families is the first step toward building stronger communities,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Children need nutritious meals to build a strong foundation mentally and physically, and we hope this contribution will help give them a healthy start on a promising future.”

What’s more, Ford’s donation was bolstered by the cooperation of The Kroger Company, who enabled Gleaners to purchase more formula than it did with a similar donation the prior year. Ford has also set up a text-to-give option that will allow anyone who wishes to donate money to Gleaners for the purposes of purchasing more formula. In the annual Ford employee Diaper and Formula Drive, more than 11,000 diapers were collected as well as hundreds of pounds of additional formula.

“I’m so grateful to Ford and its employees for launching this tremendous effort to help struggling families with young children,” said Gerry Brisson, president, Gleaners Community Food Bank. “With these two very essential needs covered, parents can meet their children’s other needs – like providing lots of love and giving them a better opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.”

Ford Fund has given more than $2 million to Gleaners Community Bank since 2010.

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