Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic over a year ago, Ford has worked overtime to help the fight against it, earning it accolades in the process. That includes a massive effort producing personal protective equipment, a large portion of which it recently donated to COVID-19 ravaged areas in India and Brazil. Now, with the pandemic continuing to rage on, Ford Mexico has assembled its own effort to help those in need.
The Ford Mexico Project continues to donate and transport food, masks, and other protective face coverings, and deliver medicine to Mexican citizens that are having trouble obtaining those critical items. These efforts have been targeted to COVID-19 hot spots in the country, including Irapuato – where 45 percent of the population works in the fields and has been largely impacted by the virus. There, 1,400 citizens living in the Ernesto Che Guevara and El Carrizal communities, located in the Municipality of Irapuato, Guanajuato, received a large donation from Ford Motor Company Fund.
Meanwhile, the corporate offices of Ford Mexico and the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant donated food to another 1,600 people located in the Town of Santa Lucía in Mexico City and in the community of Teoloyucan in the State of Mexico, which are areas with a large population of people who struggle to earn a reliable income and obtain food on a daily basis.
In addition to these efforts, the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant recently hosted a blood drive that obtained enough blood to save over 80 lives, a critical effort as blood donations, in general, have declined during the pandemic. Finally, Ford Mexico has opened vaccination centers at the Hermosillo and Irapuato plants that are open to employees of those plants, surrounding businesses, employees’ relatives, and residents of those areas.