Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ charitable arm, the FCA Foundation, this week announced a $500k grant for United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The grant will help United Way provide children across Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties access to child nutrition programs throughout the year.
According to FCA, the grant will not only help provide the funds and technical assistance for United Way to run and expand its “Meet Up and Eat Up” summer meals program, but also support the nonprofit’s marketing, canvassing, and community engagement strategies to raise awareness of both that program and its School Breakfast Program. That second part is key as raising awareness of the programs remains a major goal for United Way; of the 300,000 eligible children across Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties, just 17 percent percent in the Meet Up and Eat Up summer program.
Still, United Way is doing a lot of good for providing nutritional assistance to underprivileged children in Southeastern Michigan. According to data from the Michigan Department of Education, 1,210,049 summer meals were served in 2016.
“FCA US cares deeply about our communities and respects United Way for the work they do,” says FCA US United Way Co-Chair and FCA North America Head of Manufacturing Brian Harlow. “In no uncertain terms, United Way is committed to improving lives. By focusing on key areas including education, economic prosperity and health, United Way works to connect corporations, non-profits and government agencies to tackle problems as a team, therefore, amplifying what no singular organization could do alone.”