Ford and its philanthropic arm – Ford Fund – have been working to help those in need for many years now, giving back to communities across the world for a very long time. In recent years, those efforts include an autonomous vehicle food delivery pilot in Detroit, an Idea Accelerator Program designed to help local entrepreneurs launch new businesses, funding the education of college students, investing in future technician training with multiple scholarships, providing aid to those affected by earthquakes in Turkey, and creating Team Rubicon, a disaster relief outfit. Now, those efforts continue, as Ford Fund just made a $2.3 million dollar investment to combat hunger, too.
This investment includes a partnership with local food banks, DoorDash, and Feeding America, and it aims to help the 34 million Americans – nine million of whom are children – that are currently experiencing food insecurity, just in time for Hunger Action Month. These companies will assist Ford in delivering food to those in need, helping to overcome challenges food banks face in terms of getting these much needed supplies in the hands of those that need them the most.
As part of this effort and DoorDash’s Project DASH, Ford Fund will donate $320,000 to local food banks in Detroit, Louisville, Memphis, and West Tennessee to broaden access to meals using home delivery, leveraging that company’s logistics to increase access to food in those communities. Additionally, Ford Fund will donate $1.25 million in innovation grants to Feeding America food banks in upstate New York, Illinois, Ohio, Southeast Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and South Florida. These grants will enable those food banks to create and scale mobility solutions that address food insecurities, such as providing access to fresh food in areas where it is otherwise unavailable.
“More and more people are facing hunger across the U.S. today, causing an unprecedented strain on families and food banks across the country,” said Luisa Schumacher, senior manager of essential services at Ford Fund. “We are committed to working shoulder to shoulder with local organizations to address the rise in food insecurity and reach more people in our Ford communities.”