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Food giveaway part of national program providing 17,000 meals across the country

The UAW-Ford National Program Center (NPC) will again help local families in need this holiday season. The NPC will give away boxes of food containing all of the components for a complete holiday meal including a turkey, vegetables, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, cake mix and icing. The meal boxes will be distributed locally on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21 at the following locations on the dates indicated:

Friday, December 20

Highland Park Fire Department

26 Gerald Street

Highland Park, MI 48203

12:00 p.m. until supply depleted

Saturday, December 21

Bert’s Warehouse

2739 Russell

Detroit, MI 48207

8:00 a.m. until supply depleted

In addition to the main distribution centers, 43 area churches will also distribute dinners at their locations.

This food giveaway is part of the UAW-Ford’s mission to uplift local communities and continually demonstrate that its membership doesn’t just build cars; it builds strong communities.

“At UAW-Ford we are fully committed to truly serving the communities where our members live and work,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president. “It is our ability to execute programs like this that show why unions and collective bargaining or so important to this country. We aren’t simply organizations that provide jobs; we become entrenched in our local communities and help to make a way for those who may otherwise not be able.”

The food boxes were assembled by 600 volunteers from UAW-Ford and youth from local area high schools that have received support from UAW-Ford including Detroit Cass Tech High, Detroit Loyola and Highland Park Renaissance Academy. For two of the participating schools, Detroit Martin Luther King Jr. High School and East English Village High School, this community service was the first time the rival schools have met since an unfortunate altercation following a football game earlier this fall. The two schools were recruited to work side by side to demonstrate not only the importance of goodwill in the community but also the importance of cooperation for the benefit of a stronger community.

Nationally, UAW-Ford will be distributing 17,000 boxes of food to 27 different communities across the country. For more information or a full list of participating locations, contact our information hotline at (313) 392-7180, or visit http://bit.ly/UAWdinners.

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