Chicago, Illinois – The U.S. hunger relief effort Feeding America has announced that Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own will continue their longstanding commitment to combatting rural hunger, including a donation by Ford of seven refrigerated trucks containing Newman’s Own food that will be donated to rural food banks. By November, 100 million pounds of food will have been distributed under the Partnership for Hunger Relief.

This year marks the partnership’s eighth consecutive year; 75 trucks have previously been donated. The partnership focuses on supplying nutritious protein-based foods and produce to rural areas in need.

“The economic downturn and the dramatic increase in fuel and food costs has made it extraordinarily difficult for our nation’s food banks to meet the increase in demand,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “Rural areas are often underserved and throughout the last seven years, the Partnership for Hunger Relief has provided tremendous relief to millions of families experiencing hunger. We could not be happier that Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own are continuing to support our efforts to feed millions of Americans.”

The partnership began eight years ago, when Paul Newman approached Ford about joining with his food company and Feeding America in addressing the growing problem of hunger in rural America.

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