putMore than 200,000 children in Southeast Michigan, nearly 20 percent of the kids in our region, don’t know where their next meal will come from. On top of that, oftentimes moms and dads don’t have enough diapers or formula to meet the needs of their children.
Ford Motor Company and its employees saw the need and did something about it. Hundreds of pounds of formula and 11,000 diapers were collected during the company’s annual employee Diaper & Formula Drive. Company volunteers put them into Ford Mobile Food Pantries to be delivered to food banks and other nonprofits in our region. Starfish Family Services, Lighthouse Emergency Services, Matrix Human Services, Zaman International, Focus:HOPE, Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners Community Food Bank benefitted.
In addition, the Ford Motor Company Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, donated $100,000 to Gleaners to purchase enough formula to feed 7,000 infants for a month.
“Meeting the most basic needs of families is the first step toward building stronger communities,” says 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.”
The Kroger Company also stepped in and made it cheaper to get the formula and diapers. With its help, Gleaners was able to stretch this year’s Ford donation and purchase 75 percent more than last year.
“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.”
The Diaper & Formula Drive was organized by Ford Volunteer Corps as part of its Accelerated Action Day to help children and families. They did more than just help provide diapers and formula. Hundreds of volunteers renovated care centers, painted shelters, sorted food and packed meals at food pantries.
Over the past six years, the Ford Motor Company Fund has contributed nearly $2 million to Gleaners as part of its commitment to hunger relief in Southeast Michigan. Gleaners operates four Ford Mobile Food Pantries. The Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Southwest Detroit includes a Gleaners client-choice food service hub.
Over the years, the Ford Volunteer Corps has enlisted thousands of Ford employees to sort, pack and deliver meals at Gleaners locations.
A text-to-give option for Ford employees and the public has been set up to donate money to Gleaners for the purchase of more formula.
Here’s how you can help. To contribute any amount by credit or debit card to the Ford Baby Formula Drive, text FORD to 41444 and follow link.