It’s a given. No kid should ever go hungry.
That has become increasingly difficult as schools closed due to the coronavirus crisis, eliminating healthy meals for millions of children.
To help get more nutritious food to those children, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has partnered with No Kid Hungry, to support its grantees ‒ schools, food banks, and community groups across the country ‒ in serving 640,000 meals during school closures due to the pandemic.
The program is part of the automaker’s commitment to provide 1 million meals to school-age children in the communities around our principal manufacturing plants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
As of May 19, FCA had provided more than 3.2 million meals to children, families and seniors across North America. This total includes more than 1.3 million meals provided to children who depend upon school meals, surpassing our previously announced goal.
Nearly 50 percent of the 3.2 million meals were provided to children, families and seniors in Southeastern Michigan.
“There has never been a more important moment to help children and their families,” says Mark Stewart, chief operating officer of FCA – North America. “FCA and the Chrysler brand are pleased to support No Kid Hungry in its mission to end childhood hunger.”
The organizations distributing meals in Southeast Michigan include:
Arab American & Chaldean Council – Coordinates pre-packed boxes of food from Forgotten Harvest that will allow ACC to expand their food pantry in Detroit and Sterling Heights
Capuchin Soup Kitchen – Provides meals to children, families, homeless, and others in need
Cass Community Social Services – Serves meals and provides groceries to families, homeless and others in need, as well as serving as a City of Detroit COVID medical center for the homeless
Detroit Public School Foundation – Provides food, transportation, household supplies, and medical needs to Detroit students
DisasterRelief at Work – Food boxes for over 4,000 families in Pontiac and Northern Oakland County
Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program – Food and supplies distribution center
Dundee Public Schools – Backpack Brigade Program
Focus: HOPE – Organizational COVID-19 Response Plan feeding seniors and families
Food Bank Council of Michigan – State-wide support for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, hospices, domestic violence shelters, head start, after school and other programs
Food Gatherers – Works with local school districts to address the needs of students
Forgotten Harvest – COVID-19 Fund for the purchase of additional supplies and food
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan – COVID-19 Fund to feed children/families
Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development – Provides packaged food/groceries via drive-up or home delivery for children and seniors in Detroit
Mid-City Nutrition Program – Provides daily lunch and dinner to more than 150 children, seniors, homeless, and others in need
SOS Marysville Food Pantry – Drive-up food pantry serving nearly 1,000 families and seniors
The Salvation Army of Southeast Michigan – COVID-19 fund to support pantry program feeding children, families, and seniors in need on the eastside of Detroit (Conner Creek) and in Warren
Trenton Educational Foundation – Provides breakfast and lunch to Trenton School District students
United Way of Southeast Michigan – COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Variety Children’s Charity of Detroit – Youth food insecurity program in the Pontiac School District
In March, the Chrysler brand said with the sale of every Chrysler Pacifica from March 18 through the end of June, it would make a contribution to help No Kid Hungry provide meals to kids in need across the country.
Millions of vulnerable children are losing the healthy meals they depend on as the coronavirus has closed schools nationwide. No Kid Hungry has a plan to help feed them. As part of its coronavirus relief and recovery efforts, No Kid Hungry is providing emergency grants to schools, food banks and community groups across the country, and diverting staff and resources to the hardest hit communities.