Chrysler Employees Help

Annual Food Drive Benefits Thousands

Larry Jewett - November 25, 2013 08:49 AM


Chrysler Group employees donated food to support local food pantries, such as Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, as part of an annual effort for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

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Daphne Harris, manager civic & community relations - Chrysler Group LLC and Walt Young, board chair and interim president - Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

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With Thanksgiving approaching, Chrysler Group LLC employees across the Midwest took time out from building cars and trucks to help make sure their neighbors enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, Chrysler employees donated an estimated 17,000 pounds of food – everything from canned fruit and vegetables to cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling and stuffing mix – then delivered the goods to local food pantries. In addition to the holiday fixings, each pantry will receive a portion of the 2,400 frozen turkeys purchased by The Chrysler Foundation.
“We strive to make serving the community part of our everyday mission at Chrysler,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “We’re moved by the generosity of the Chrysler employees and UAW members who once again responded to assist their neighbors during this holiday season.”
Held in conjunction with the United Auto Workers, Chrysler’s annual food drive encompassed most of the Company’s U.S. offices and plants. In order to maximize the number of people assisted, the Company teamed with well-established community service organizations in its plant communities.
“The spirit of giving runs deep within Chrysler and the UAW year after year," said Walt Young, board chair and interim president - Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. “Thousands of men, women and children across the Midwest will have a happier holiday, knowing for certain that they will have food on the table. We could not be more grateful.”
Food donated by Chrysler will be distributed through the following community service organizations:
• Southeast Michigan: Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Lighthouse of Oakland County and HOPE Center in Macomb.
• Illinois: Belvidere Community Cupboard
• Indiana: Kokomo Urban Outreach
• Ohio: The City of Zion (Toledo) and Northwest Ohio Food Bank

Last year, the Company’s food drive helped feed an estimated 16,000 people across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.