Local car dealer participates in donation project to feed children
News from the Ford Motor Company
RONAN – The Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation received a check for $1,600 from the Henricksen family, owners of Don Aadsen Ford in Ronan, to increase the number of children benefiting from the hunger initiative.
Ford Motor Company Fund and local Ford Dealers are donating $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska to help feed children during the holidays. This donation is in response to the increased demand for nutritious meals during the holidays, when many children lose access to school nutrition programs. It is estimated nearly 24 percent of children are unsure how their next meal will be provided.
Sixty-five clubs across the five-state region are receiving $1,000 to $1,100 grants from Ford Fund as part of the annual Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. In addition, participating NW Ford dealers will match or exceed these grants to their own Boys & Girls Club. These donations will expand the previously launched campaign and increase the number of children who benefit from this hunger initiative. The money will be used to provide meals and snacks at the clubs during the holiday season. With holiday school closures, the Boys and Girls Clubs see a seasonal increase in the number of kids needing services.
“The holidays can bring extra stress for families in trying to provide nutritious meals for their children,” said Kristin Ford, program manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “It’s the perfect time of year to support our communities and we hope this donation will inspire others to join us in the fight against child hunger now, and all year long.”
Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is working in several ways to address food access and food insecurity throughout the U.S. In the five-state Pacific Northwest region, over the last six years the Ford Focus on Child Hunger has donated more than $3 million, providing more than 10 million meals to regional programs. In addition, earlier this year, Ford dealers in the region collected 193,000 pounds of peanut butter - enough to make nearly 6.4 million peanut butter sandwiches – to help feed kids during the summer when school nutrition programs are closed.
“Ford’s ongoing commitment to hunger-alleviating programs in Boys & Girls Clubs across the Northwest region is making the holidays that much brighter for thousands of kids and their families,” said Katya Miltimore, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State. “We appreciate being able to engage local dealers, and work side by side with them to address this most pressing human need.”