FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 2013
Ford donates $35,000 to Montana Food Bank Network to address growing problem of childhood hunger
Ford Motor Company Fund and Montana Food Bank Network announced today a grant of $35,000 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 Gary Brayko, dealer at Archie Cochrane Ford in Billings, MT. “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 Gayle Gifford, CEO of Montana Food Bank Network. “Our clientele of families has increased greatly due to economic challenges, and the $35,000 Ford is donating will help us fund about 9,700 BackPack bags, which is nearly 29,000 meals for hungry kids in Montana.”
The Ford Motor Company Fund has supported various campaigns to enhance driver safety, education and community life for Northwest residents. Previous initiatives include:
• Ford Women’s Health Initiative Mobile Breast Imaging Tour, which traveled through Washington, Oregon and Idaho, providing free 3D ultrasound testing to more than 2,300 women, many of whom were uninsured or under-insured for the procedure
• Ford Driving Skills for Life program, which offered safety training to young drivers at Northwest high schools. The program included hands-on training modules with professional drivers, school assemblies and Web-based resources all aimed at combating the inexperience that leads to the No. 1 killer of teens – traffic crashes
“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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The Montana Food Bank Network, located at 5625 Expressway, Missoula, MT secures and distributes donated and low cost food and grocery products annually to nearly 200 hunger relief agencies throughout Montana. The Network works to meet the immediate need for food while advocating at the local, state, and national level for policy changes to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Montana. The Montana Food Bank Network is a member of Feeding America. For more information about the Montana Food Bank Network please visit www.mfbn.org (800) 809-4752 ext. 225
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.