HIspanic Federation and Ford Partner to Provide Meals to Thousands of Vulnerable New Yorkers and Floridians

NEW YORK, NY (November 4, 2016)—Hispanic Federation and Ford Motor Company Fund today launched their sixth annual partnership to provide meals to families in need through Hispanic Federation’s Lucha Contra El Hambre hunger relief initiative. The kick-off included two food distribution events with Hispanic Federation partner agencies: Violence Intervention Program in East Harlem and The HopeLine in the Bronx. An estimated 4,000 pounds of food will be distributed to provide over 1,350 meals for families in those areas. Since its inception in 2011, Lucha Contra El Hambre has provided more than 400,000 meals to Latinos living in some of New York’s most underserved communities.

“Hispanic Federation is thrilled to strengthen its partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund through our shared commitment to fighting hunger in New York and Florida,” said José Calderón, President, Hispanic Federation. “Ford’s continued support allows us to restock food pantries and provide meals to tens of thousands of Latino households annually. Together, we are giving hope and sustenance to those families that need it the most.”

Lucha Contra El Hambre’s success is due in large part to the Transit Connect van donated by Ford to the Hispanic Federation. The small cargo van provides Hispanic Federation with mobility across the region and will be used extensively over the next eight weeks to both pick up and drop off food donations.

"Food insecurity remains a serious issue for far too many families. At Ford we are proud to continue our support of the Hispanic Federation’s efforts of Lucha Contra El Hambre to feed and strengthen our communities,” said Joe Avila, community outreach manager, Ford Motor Company Fund.

Thanks to the Lucha Contra El Hambre hunger relief initiative, the following Hispanic Federation partner agencies will receive food supplies for their pantries and soup kitchens:

1. Adelante of Suffolk County
2. Circulo de la Hispanidad
3. Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
4. Community Resource Center
5. Comunilife
6. Davidson Community Center
7. Feed and Fortify
8. Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre
9. Nos Quedamos Community Development Corporation
10. Puerto Rican Family Institute
11. Southside United Housing Development Funding Corp. (Los Sures)
12. Spanish Speaking Elderly Council (RAICES)
13. Sure We Can
14. The HopeLine
15. Violence Intervention Program

Those interested in becoming a collection site and helping to bring relief to those who need it most, please contact 1(866) HF AYUDA / 1 (866) 432-9832. To learn more about Lucha Contra El Hambre click here.