Northwest Ford dealers are teaming up with the Ford Motor Company Fund to collect jars of peanut butter from May 1 to 31. This initiative helps Oregon food banks meet the increased demand for nutritious, kid-friendly food during the summer months, when school meal programs are unavailable.
During the drive, people can bring peanut butter donations to their local Ford dealers. The Northwest Ford Dealer Advertising Association also will be donating one case of peanut butter for each new vehicle sold in May. Those unable to donate in person can give online at http://www.fordfeedskids.org by clicking on the food bank of their choice to make a cash donation.
"Hunger is a health problem. For kids, even brief periods of hunger can have a lifetime of consequences," says Kristin Ford, program manager for Ford Fund operations in the Pacific Northwest. "Ford Fund and Ford dealers believe we have a responsibility to the next generation and we hope our community efforts give them every opportunity to succeed."
Ford says that since 2014, the annual drive has collected over 280,000 pounds of peanut butter, feeding thousands of kids throughout the summer. It's a key part of Ford Focus on Child Hunger, a five-state campaign in the Pacific Northwest by Ford dealers to support their community food banks and to make sure no child goes hungry.
According to experts, it is estimated that 1 in 5 children in Oregon struggles with hunger. And on an empty stomach, children often don't have the energy to focus, learn and grow. Protein-rich peanut butter is among the most requested items by food banks to feed kids, but it's hard to keep in stock.
The Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, will be supporting the Oregon Food Bank Network with the peanut butter drive. Oregon Food Bank Network serves 260,000 people each month through its statewide network of 21 regional food banks and 1,200 programs and partners.
Ford Focus on Child Hunger is one of many hunger relief activities supported by the Ford Fund across the United States. Ford Fund works with a variety of nonprofits to provide access to food and opportunities that help all people reach their full potential. The Ford Fund also supports Meals on Wheels in several locations, and the Ford Volunteer Corps is also on the job year-round sorting and packing food at food banks, and preparing and serving meals at shelters and soup kitchens. Other support servicves include a fleet of 60 Ford Mobile Food Pantries that have served approximately 8 million meals nationwide throughout the past 10 years,
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