Chrysler Group Employees Drive to Fight Hunger at Thanksgiving
Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Continues Chrysler Group's Tradition of Giving
Back to its Mich., Ohio, Ind. and Ill. Plant Communities
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 15, 2012
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
oMore than 50 million people in America face hunger. That's 1 in 6 of the
U.S. population – including more than 1 in 5 children.
oChrysler Group's Thanksgiving Food Drive helps local food pantries restock
oEmployees' efforts continue fight to eliminate hunger in their communities
With Thanksgiving approaching, Chrysler Group LLC employees across the Midwest
are taking time out from building cars and trucks to make sure their neighbors
have the means to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner. Today,
everything from canned fruit and vegetables to cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie
filling and stuffing mix was packed up and loaded into Chrysler Group vehicles
for delivery to local food pantries in the Company's plant communities located
in Mich., Ohio, Ind. and Ill.
The annual Chrysler Group Thanksgiving Food Drive taking place today in
partnership with the UAW, is part of the Company's long-standing tradition of
giving back to its local communities and will help local food pantries restock
their shelves in time for Thanksgiving. To complete the menu, The Chrysler
Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler Group, has purchased more than
1,500 frozen turkeys, which will also be distributed by the food pantries.
"We're moved by the generosity of Chrysler Group employees, who once again
responded to assist their neighbors during this holiday season," said Jody
Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and
President of The Chrysler Foundation. "Chrysler is committed to strengthening
our communities and to helping fight hunger."
The food drive, conducted November 1-14, encompasses most of the Company's
U.S. offices and plants. In order to maximize the reach of the food drive, the
Company teamed with well-established community service organizations in its
Southeast Michigan: Chrysler Group employees formed a caravan comprised of
Dodge and Chrysler minivans, Ram trucks and Dodge Durangos to deliver food
collected at 17 of the Company's locations in Southeast Michigan to Gleaners
Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Lighthouse of Oakland County and
HOPE Center in Macomb.
Ohio: Employees from Chrysler Group's Toledo Assembly Complex and Toledo
Machining Plant joined forces to deliver food to The Salvation Army of
Indiana: Employees from Chrysler Group's Kokomo Casting Plant delivered food
to Kokomo Urban Outreach. Employees at the Company's Indiana Transmission
Plants held a similar drive on November 9.
Illinois: Belvidere Assembly Plant employees will deliver food to the
Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry on November 19.
Last year, the Company's food drive helped feed more than 12,000 people across
Mich., Ohio, Ind., Ill. and Washington, D.C.
"Chrysler will continue to do its part in the fight against hunger," added
This summer, employees donated more than 16 tons of food to local food banks,
enough food to prepare 28,000 meals; and helped the United Way for
Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) serve nearly 150,000 meals to children at summer
food sites – double the number served the previous year. Additionally, Sergio
Marchionne, Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO is serving as this year's UWSEM
campaign chair. In this role, his primary responsibility is to promote growth,
fundraising and educational efforts for the campaign throughout the community.
About The Chrysler Foundation
During the past 59 years, The Chrysler Foundation has established a proud
legacy of enriching the physical, educational and cultural needs of local
communities in which Chrysler Group LLC conducts business. Chrysler employees
also have a strong commitment to helping improve their communities by
volunteering their time and talents in the places where we live and work.
The Chrysler Foundation embodies the values of the Company and its employees
and, since its inception, has awarded more than $500 million in charitable
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance
with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat
vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide
distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance
builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter
P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to
its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features
some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and
Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Durango, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee
SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and
powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer
an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
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