Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The phrase “think globally, act locally” can be hard to grasp without concrete examples. How do you envision and work towards a large goal by taking small steps in your own backyard? When it comes to the issue of stamping out hunger in America, what kind of an impact can one person have? The answer is 40 meals. For every person participating in 2013 Ford Escape Hunger Drive, 40 meals  are donated to needy families by Ford Motor Company.

Ford’s partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, is encouraging people to host independent, grass-roots food drives across the country. Individuals can register online, set up a drive in their neighborhood, and Ford will show up with signs, gifts, local media coverage and a donation on behalf of everyone in attendance. As an added bonus, all participants are registered to win a 2013 Ford Escape.

Between Feeding America’s goal of 1.2 million meals and local citizens doing their part, it’s a noble effort on any scale. But one man has been doing it on a very large scale for years right in South Florida. He needs your help.

Sam Galloway – Dealer Principal of Sam Galloway Ford in Fort Myers, Florida – has been serving the needy in Lee County for nearly a decade through his annual Soup Kitchen benefit. Donations to the Community Cooperative Ministries last year produced staggering results:

CCMI has fed over 36,000 at our Fort Myers Everyday Café & Marketplace, over 22,000 at our Cape location, delivered over 100,000 meals to the elderly homebound. We have just opened our State Road 80 Marketplace and have already fed over 3,000 in that neighborhood and we continue to feed over 3,600 students each school weekend.

But the Soup Kitchen benefit just isn’t enough. CCMI explains that over 17% of Lee County children are at risk of going to bed hungry each night. Although food donations drop in the summer, the need remains constant. That’s why Sam Galloway Ford and CCMI teamed up for the Summer Drive for Hunger. With the goal of raising 25,000 pounds of food by August 15, the drive enters anybody that gives at least a pound of food into a drawing for $5,000.

In reality,  the first half of “think globally, act locally” can be removed altogether. Act locally. Your South Florida neighbors need you, and will thank you for it.

For more info on how to help, contact SouthFloridaFord@yahoo.com

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