For nearly a decade running, Ford Motor Company has made Thanksgiving a little brighter for Detroit residents in need. Working in tandem with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, the automaker participates in the DAAA's Holiday Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving program to ensure that over 6,000 area homebound seniors can gobble up turkey, potatoes and more. November 24 wasn't any different, in the best ways possible.
As a sign of its support, Ford made a $50,000 donation to DAAA to cover the expenses for the community-wide Thanksgiving meal. The donation also provides funding for the daily meal service that the DAAA provides throughout the year. However, the Blue Oval's support went beyond monetary means - employees and families of Ford also joined together the day before Thanksgiving to put together fresh meals at Detroit's Valley Services.
Pamela Alexander, the director of Community Development at Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, expressed her support for the joint effort. “At Ford we don’t just build great cars and trucks, we also build communities,” she said. “By providing thousands of meals to seniors in our region on Thanksgiving we help to ensure that no one is hungry on this holiday.”
To ensure that its impact goes beyond one holiday, the Ford Fund also assists hunger relief agencies to bolster communities year-round. This year, it joins The Parade Company and Gleaners Community Food Bank to address a notable 715,000 local residents in need in the southeast Michigan area.
“While we celebrate this holiday season with friends, family, and a nice meal, homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in our community are often neglected. That’s why we are sharing the love and feeding our homebound and disabled adults this Thanksgiving,” Paul Bridgewater, the president and CEO of DAAA, said in a released statement. “That’s why we are thankful for the Ford Motor Company Fund. They are driving away hunger on Thanksgiving with their generous donation that enables us to deliver fresh, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to 6,000 seniors. To us, the donation and the volunteers they’re supplying to DAAA are a much-needed gift to our entire community.”
Ford makes giving back a priority, which is why it's investing $20 million in local, educational and community programs this year. Learn more about how the Blue Oval gives back by visiting our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.