Ford Motor Company has just made a generous donation to the Washington, D.C. area Salvation Army, in the form of a specially-configured Ford Transit commercial van. The van will participate in the Salvation Army’s “Grate Patrol” program, which prowls the D.C. area distributing nutritious meals to those in need – especially the homeless.
To perform this function, the Salvation Army’s new Ford Transit van has been outfitted with a refrigerator, cabinets, a food-preparation area, and a service window. The Grate Patrol program has been carried out by the Salvation Army in the Washington, D.C. area for more than three decades, serving some 1.3 million meals to the hungry in that time. On average, the Salvation Army Grate Patrol van serves about 150 meals, snacks, and beverages per day to persons throughout the downtown Washington, D.C. area.
Ford Motor Company even sent volunteers from the automaker to help deliver meals during the new Transit’s first night of service.
“The Salvation Army is grateful to Ford Motor Company for its generous donation to our Grate Patrol van campaign,” said Salvation Army Area Commander Major Lewis R. Reckline. “Ford’s gift – along with contributions from several other community members – will help us to continue serving the homeless for years to come.”