Faurecia North America this week kicked off its third annual Community Food Drive as part of its corporate-giving initiative, FUELS – Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service. Throughout September, Faurecia employees have been collecting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in several local communities.
In its third year, FUELS unites the charitable efforts of more than 17,000 Faurecia employees from the company’s 45 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. During September 2011, Faurecia employees donated more than 307,000 pounds of non-perishable food for local food banks across North America — more than double the amount than in its inaugural year. Since 2010, Faurecia and its employees have provided more than half a million meals to neighbors in need.
“Both our organization and its surrounding communities can feel the wonderful impact of the Faurecia FUELS program, and we appreciate all work that goes into collecting donations,” said W. DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. “Hunger is a reality for millions of people throughout the U.S.—1 out of 6 to be exact—and it’s important programs like FUELS that help make a positive impact in solving this serious reality.”
In addition to donating food, Faurecia employees will participate in volunteer days with their partner food banks.
“Seeing Faurecia employees across North America embracing their role as true corporate citizens by working together for this important cause brings an encouraging sense of pride to our company and sets a strong example that every contribution matters,” said Mike Heneka, president of Faurecia North America.
To foster team spirit and giving, Faurecia sites compete throughout the month of September to collect the most pounds of food per person per site. For each site that meets its collection goal, the company pledges to contribute $500 to the site’s local food bank partner. The site that collects the most food per person each week will receive an extra $1,000 donation for its food bank. Faurecia is further pledging $5,000 for one site in the U.S./Canada and one site in Mexico that collects the most pounds of food per person.
Faurecia North America had sales of $4.8 billion in 2011. The Group has 37 production sites in the United States, Canada and Mexico and employs more than 17,000 people in the region. It has five technical and development centers, situated in Auburn Hills, Holland and Troy., and in Columbus, Ind., as well as customer centers in Southfield and Toledo, and a services center in Auburn Hills.
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