2016-04-14 / Business

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UAW and Navistar make donation to Food Bank

GENESEE COUNTY — On April 8, the UAW/FCA and Navistar International made a very special donation to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

UAW Vice President, Norwood Jewell, along with FCA Director of Labor Relations & Medical Operations, Michael Jessamy presented the Food Bank’s Chairman of the Board, Claude High with the keys to two International semi-tractor trucks during a morning press conference in front of the Hunger Solution Center. This donation reflects UAW and FCA’s ongoing efforts to support communities in need.

The UAW has been a long-time supporter of the Food Bank and has been active in the Flint Water Crisis relief efforts for many months. UAW members have used their own personal vehicles to help distribute full pallets of water throughout the city on numerous occasions. This donation of two semi-tractor trucks is one more tremendous example of UAW generosity.

“These trucks will help revitalize the Food Bank’s transportation fleet,” said Food Bank President William E. Kerr. Before becoming involved in relief efforts related to the Flint Water Crisis, the Food Bank’s fleet consisted of just 8 semi-trucks and 8 box trucks to cover a 22-County service area. With on-going water and lead-mitigating nutrition distributions in Flint, an additional 40 truck-loads of product have been added to the Food Bank’s weekly shipping schedule. Two more trucks will improve the Food Bank’s ability to increase distribution within the City of Flint while maintaining regular deliveries throughout Eastern Michigan. “Adding newer trucks to our fleet allows us to distribute more food, to greater distances, at less cost,” said Kerr.

The Food Bank has been collaborating in water relief efforts for Flint since January and has distributed more than 11.5 million pounds, approximately 9.5 million bottles, of water in that time. Now involved in Phase 2, the Food Bank will supply 120 to 150 free, mobile nutrition pantries in Flint which will provide residents with free food rich in the lead-mitigating nutrients calcium, iron and Vitamin C. A schedule of mobile pantries can be found at www.FBEM.org or on the Food Bank’s Facebook page. — G.G.

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