Ford Transit Connect Is Feeding Those In Need

March 11th, 2015 by

Feeding Those In Need

The Ford Transit Connect is making a difference across the nation as a Mobile Food Pantry.

The Ford Transit Connect is a versatile vehicle, and we have been telling you a lot about over the last year here on our blog. They fit well into a variety of industries in more capacities than we’d ever be able to list here. Over the last 10 years, the Ford Motor Company has made a huge, coordinated effort to help employees volunteer their time through a program called the Ford Volunteer Corps. Beyond that, Ford has been taking strides toward tackling hunger throughout the Greater Detroit region, and beyond. And now, the Ford Transit Connect Is Feeding Those In Need, with many models being put to work as mobile food pantries.

The Mobile Food Pantries began in the cargo areas of the Ford Transit Connect back in 2010. So many of our friends and neighbors here in Pittsburgh found themselves quite unexpectedly in need of a little bit of help. The same was happening across the country, and Ford took action by donating a fleet of Transit Connect vehicles to launch the Mobile Food Pantry program.

The program has only grown since. While the recession, by all measurable factors, is over, the number of people in need of assistance hasn’t reduced to its pre-recession level. To continue it’s commitment to driving out hunger, Ford continues to support the Mobile Food Pantries through the Ford Transit Connect, and this week they donated an additional $100,000 to Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit specifically to purchase baby formula. In conjunction, the Ford Volunteer Corps recently organized a large-scale diaper and formula drive. The Ford Mobile Food Pantries will distribute the formula and diapers to new parents experiencing financial hardship.

Ford Volunteer Corps

For over 100 years, the Ford Motor Company has made a commitment to corporate responsibility by inspiring employees to help out in the communities where they work through financial contributions and volunteerism. In 2005, however, that effort got a lot more organized. After a series of natural disasters, Bill Ford Jr. created the Ford Volunteer Corps. Ford employees receive 16 hours of paid time off to volunteer each year, in addition, Ford hosts quarterly volunteer-focused event days. The Corps is lead by a former United Way director, and is operated as a non-profit. In total, 27,000 Ford employees and retiree volunteers tackle about 1,100 programs or initiatives each year. You can read more about the Ford Volunteer Corps here.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

For the past 35 years, The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has been organizing the community to help eliminate hunger in the area. They still have a long way to go, as it is now estimated that one in five people in Pittsburgh don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Currently, the Pittsburgh Food Bank distributes 2 million pounds of food every month through agencies and direct distribution programs. If you would like to get involved here, locally, in much the same way that the Ford Motor Company was able to utilize the Ford Transit Connect to get involved in Michigan, a lot of information is available at www.pittsburghfoodbank.org. They are regularly looking for volunteers, sponsors, and people to organize local food drives. More than anything, they are always in need of monetary donations.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Ford Transit Connect and how it might fit into your business. We have a variety of other commercial vehicles in stock, as well. Ford commercial vehicles are used in so many capacities all around the country. If we can help you make a difference, let us know!

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