FCA Foundation announces grant to support United Way’s ending hunger campaign for 300,000 kids

The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, has announced a $500,000 grant to United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The grant will help United Way implement two primary strat­egies to ensure that more children have access to and participate in child nutrition programs throughout the school year and during the summer. First, the FCA Foundation grant will enable United Way to provide part­ner organizations (community groups and schools) with the funds and tech­nical assistance needed to run and expand Meet Up and Eat Up summer meals programs. Additionally, the grant will support United Way’s efforts to implement robust community en­gagement, marketing, and canvassing strategies to ensure that children and families, school administrators, and the public know about both the Meet Up and Eat Up summer program and the School Breakfast Program avail­able each school day.“FCA US cares deeply about our communities and respects United Way for the work they do. In no uncertain terms, United Way is committed to im­proving lives,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, North America and FCA US United Way Co­Chair. “By fo­cusing on key areas including educa­tion, economic prosperity and health, United Way works to connect corpo­rations, non­profits and government agencies to tackle problems as a team, therefore, amplifying what no singular organization could do alone.”Raising awareness about the free food programs remains a priority to United Way. During the school year, nearly 300,000 children in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties qualify for either free or reduced price meals. Yet of those eligible children, only about 17 percent participate in the free summer meals program, Meet Up and Eat Up. In response, FCA US spon­sored five United Way Block Parties this summer to increase awareness and attendance of the Meet Up and Eat Up program. “We are grateful for strategic part­ners like FCA US for helping us sup­port families throughout the tri­coun­ty,” said Tanya Heidelberg Yopp, interim CEO, United Way for South­eastern Michigan. “With partnerships that reach more than 700 sites, this significant grant will help further our efforts for greater impact so that chil­dren continue to have access to this valuable free, meals program each summer.”According to data from the Michi­gan Department of Education, the total number of summer meals served in 2016 in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties was 1,210,049.All donations to United Way this year count towards its overarching 2016­18 Annual Community Giving goal of $100 million – set by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, who also serves as United Way Campaign Chair.United Way for Southeastern Mich­igan mobilizes the caring power of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways throughout the region. The organization is led by a diverse group of volunteers from business, labor, government, human services, education and the community. United Way provides opportunities to invest in the metropolitan Detroit commu­nity through volunteerism, advocacy and its annual campaign. United Way is a leader in convening partners to achieve positive outcomes around Health, Education, and Economic Prosperity. For more information, visit www.UnitedWaySEM.org.The FCA Foundation is the char­itable arm of North American auto­maker FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. The FCA Foun­dation invests in U.S. charitable orga­nizations and initiatives that help em­power people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts. In support of these objectives, the FCA Foundation focuses on the following foundational pillars: youth develop­ment, education, support for veterans and their families, and community ser­vice.

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