The Ford Motor Company Fund and Grappone Ford, together with Governor Chris Sununu and the NH Food Bank, launched the second Ford “Focus on Child Hunger” Peanut Butter Drive to provide children with a healthy source of protein this summer.
Grappone Ford, and three other Ford dealerships, will be collecting peanut butter now through August 2, with a goal of filling a Ford F-150 pickup truck with peanut butter as many times as possible.
In addition to kicking off the Peanut Butter Drive, New England Ford Dealers together presented the NH Food Bank with a new, $70,000, refrigerated delivery truck, to support efforts to deliver more fresh meat, dairy and produce to its more than 425 partner agencies, as well as to deliver meals to Boys & Girls Club locations in Salem, Manchester, Allenstown, Concord and Laconia.
“We are tremendously grateful for this support from Ford Fund, Grappone Ford and New England Ford Dealers, in providing a delicious source of protein for children in need in New Hampshire and for supporting our statewide food distribution efforts,” says Eileen Liponis, executive director of the Food Bank. She says summer can be challenging for families and children who rely on free-and-reduced meals during the school year, as that option does not exist during summer.
During last year’s drive, the effort generated more than 4,495 pounds of peanut butter, filling four Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH, is encouraging the public and businesses to donate peanut butter at all Grappone dealerships, as well as Hampton Ford, McFarland Ford in Exeter and Autofair Ford in Manchester or online at www.nhfoodbank.org/ford-child-hunger-pb-drive/. Peanut butter substitutes, including almond butter or sunflower seed butter, are also accepted.
Ford Fund has been fighting hunger with its national peanut butter drive, collecting more than 180,000 pounds of peanut butter since 2014, which equates to more than 2.5 million high-protein, kid-friendly sandwiches. In 2015, Ford Fund committed $2 million over five years to address hunger insecurity, working with Feeding America food banks in New England.
“Ford Motor Company Fund and New England Ford Dealers are proud to support the New Hampshire Food Bank’s efforts to feed food insecure families throughout the state,” says Tom Bouchard, business development manager for Ford Motor Credit Company. “In New Hampshire, approximately 12 percent of children are living in food insecure environments and hungry kids have a more difficult time learning and reaching their full potential."