Grant will target issue of childhood hunger

The Oregon Food Bank, based in Portland, recently announced a $100,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund 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 Bess Wills, dealer at Gresham Ford. “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 Laura Golino de Lovato, OFB’s Director of Development. “Childhood hunger is a huge problem in Oregon. Oregon is among the states with the highest rate of child food insecurity. This generous gift will support OFB’s goal to expand school-based food pantries and help OFB purchase additional kid-friendly foods to distribute throughout our statewide network.”

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 of 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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