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Philanthropy Brings Ford and Newman's Own Together

At first glance they are an unlikely pairing. But automotive behemoth Ford Motor Company has come together again with Newman’s Own Foundation , the Westport-based nonprofit that donates all net royalties and profits from the sale of its products to charity. Both companies are partnering with Feeding America , the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, to provide refrigerated Ford trucks loaded with Newman's Own food products to communities in need throughout the country.

"Newman’s Own as a company and the individuals who comprise it share a great commitment to the Partnership, especially since it was near and dear to Paul Newman," said Tom Indoe, the president and chief operating officer of Newman’s Own, Inc.  "Watching the progress we have made in the last nine years reinforces that this program is the right thing to do; it has and will continue to make an impact on the quality of life for many people.”

For the past ten years, Ford Motor Company and Newsman's Own have come together to donate vehicles filled with food products to people in need. They’ve delivered some 130 million meals and have traveled approximately five and half million miles to do so. The program began when Paul Newman reached out to Bill Ford, then chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Company, in an effort to improve distribution of produce and other perishable food to those facing hunger in rural America.  With the recent donations of nine more vehicles, the fleet of 98 refrigerated Ford trucks and vans now reaches into all 50 states.

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing food to people in rural, urban and suburban communities.

Paul Newman founded Newman’s Own, Inc. in 1982. The organization offers more than 100 varieties of all-natural food and beverage products, which include salad dressings, pasta sauces, salsa, popcorn, lemonade, and frozen pizza. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given more than $300 million to thousands of charities around the world.

The charitable mission of Newman’s Own, Inc. was expressed by Mr. Newman in the company’s motto: “Shameless exploitation in pursuit of the Common Good.”

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