Ford in the Community
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Ford Helps Drive Hunger Relief Efforts with Refrigerated Truck Fleet

Ford Helps Drive Hunger Relief Efforts with Refrigerated Truck Fleet Bill Ford delivers the keys to a new truck.

Partnership for Hunger Relief Delivers Millions of Meals over Millions of Miles


When actor Paul Newman reached out to Bill Ford to create a partnership to provide hungry families with fresh, nutritious food, the answer was clear – trucks, big refrigerated Ford trucks. That was 12 years ago, and today the Partnership for Hunger Relief is still going strong with 107 Ford trucks and vans, 8.7 million miles traveled and more than 209 million meals delivered by Feeding America food banks across the country.


“While there are encouraging signs that we are coming back from the tough economic times of the past several years, many families still are struggling,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “This partnership is important because it not only provides food to families in need, it also contributes to building stronger communities and a better world.”

Ford Helps Drive Hunger Relief Efforts with Refrigerated Truck Fleet Ford volunteers help load a truck.


Ford, Newman’s Own® and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, continue to expand the Partnership’s reach to address the critical need for fresh food. Food banks in four regions are receiving refrigerated Ford F-550 trucks filled with Newman’s Own food products this year, including Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Feeding America San Diego, Feeding South Florida in Miami and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

“Meeting the needs of those who don’t have access to perishable foods was important to Paul Newman at the beginning of the program, and now, with an increased nationwide need, it’s become even more critical,” said Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer of Newman’s Own. “Newman’s Own is proud to be part of this partnership.”


The refrigerated trucks allow for delivery of perishable food to hard-to-reach communities that often are underserved, as well as urban and suburban areas where there is an urgent need for nutritious food.


Ford Helps Drive Hunger Relief Efforts with Refrigerated Truck Fleet

“Some of the largest increases in food need are in suburban Detroit communities, many of which lack a strong network of emergency food providers,” says W. DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners. “We’re grateful to Ford and Newman’s Own for this donation, and for continuing to strengthen the emergency food network here and across the country.”

“We have seen a dramatic rise in the number of people raising their hands seeking food assistance from the Feeding America network. Today, we are feeding 37 million people each year – that’s an increase of 1 million people from four years ago,” said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. “Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own have been long-time, generous supporters of our mission. We continue to build partnerships like this to help our food banks provide more donated food to help feed more people in need.“