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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Newman's Own, Ford Donate Trucks and Food to Feed Hungry

The Newman's Own Foundation and Ford Motor Company today donated seven refrigerated trucks to members of America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network.
The trucks were filled with an assortment of Newman's Own products.

The refrigerated trucks will help deliver fresh and nutritious food to hard-to-reach communities that are often underserved. Donated produce, meat and dairy products usually cannot be delivered to remote areas unless refrigerated trucks are available for long delivery routes.

This is the seventh consecutive year of the "Partnership for Hunger Relief." A total of 75 vehicles have been donated since the partnership's founding in 2001. The trucks have traveled a combined total of more than 3 million miles and have distributed more than 74 million pounds of food to rural areas in need.

The seven food banks receiving trucks this year are the Baton Rouge Food Bank, Louisiana; Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Battle Creek; FoodBank of the Virginia Peninsula, Newport News; Foodbank of Santa Barbara, California; Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver, Colorado; Island Harvest, Long Island, New York; Mississippi Food Network, Jackson.

According to the USDA report Food Security in the United States: 2005, 12 percent of all rural households are food insecure, an estimated 2.3 million households. The America's Second Harvest report, Hunger in America 2006, found that 42.6 percent of the adult clients they serve live in suburban or rural areas.

Actor and activist Paul Newman says, "Food is available in this country - it just needs to find its way to our neighbors living in remote areas. Ford, America's Second Harvest and the Newman's Own Foundation are helping to do just that."

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