Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. Awards Grant to Food Bank of North Alabama
$50,000 Award Will Enable Food Bank to Serve 350,000 Meals Across Northern Alabama
IRVINE, CA – The Mazda Foundation (USA) Inc., announced today a $50,000.00 grant to the Food Bank of North Alabama to help the organization meet continued record demand for food. The funds will enable the Food Bank of North Alabama to serve 350,000 meals to residents across several North Alabama counties.
“In the wake of the pandemic, we are witnessing a demand for food assistance that is truly extraordinary,” said Jeff Guyton, president of Mazda North American Operations and chairman of the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of North Alabama to help them address the challenges that too many Alabamians face.”
The award to the Food Bank of North Alabama is one of four grant awards that the Mazda Foundation announced today as part of its 2021 funding cycle. The grants, totaling $450,000, aim to address food insecurity and equitable access to education. The other three grants were awarded to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (Irvine, CA), AVID Center (funding a program in Madison, AL), and FUSE Studio (funding a program in Southern California).
"The Food Bank of North Alabama is thankful for the continued generous support from the Mazda Foundation, which is enabling us to continue to respond to the current crisis by providing a record number of meals to struggling families in our community," said Shirley Schofield, executive director of the Food Bank of North Alabama.
The Mazda Foundation has partnered with the Food Bank of North Alabama since 2019, and this latest award brings the total financial support to $194,000.
About Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc.
As the corporate foundation of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), the Mazda Foundation has donated more than $13 million to children’s organizations, educational scholarships, food banks, environmental programs, and disaster relief efforts since 1992. To learn more about the Mazda Foundation, please visit www.mazdafoundation.org.
About the Food Bank of North Alabama
The Food Bank of North Alabama is the largest non-profit hunger relief organization in North Alabama, serving an 11-county area with more than 161,000 food-insecure residents. We distribute more than 9 million meals annually through a network of 260 partners and programs that provide food to our most vulnerable residents.