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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 19:59

Ford's Project Apollo, Ford Fund to Deliver 10M Masks to At-Risk Communities Across the U.S.

Ford volunteers and staff members from Golightly Education Center in Detroit, MI, organize boxes of masks as part of a total donation of 500,000 masks to the school district for students, staff and teachers as they come back to school Ford volunteers and staff members from Golightly Education Center in Detroit, MI, organize boxes of masks as part of a total donation of 500,000 masks to the school district for students, staff and teachers as they come back to school Ford

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Ford’s Project Apollo, in cooperation with Ford Motor Company Fund, is launching a community donation program that will initially deliver 10 million masks to at-risk communities across the U.S. with limited access to personal protective equipment.

Project Apollo---Ford’s codename for its efforts to produce personal protective equipment, including respirators, face shields, medical gowns, plus ventilators for COVID-19 patients---has improved its ability to build medical-grade masks and is now manufacturing more than the company needs to keep its employees safe.

 

Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, is engaging its substantial network of nonprofit partners, state and local officials, schools and community groups to mobilize and distribute 10 million masks to help fill the essential needs of hospitals, businesses and communities across the U.S.

 

“Protecting the health of students, families, workers and others at risk in our communities is the top priority as we continue to fight back against this unprecedented pandemic,” said Mary Culler, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We are proud to add these masks to our ongoing community support, knowing we are at our best when we all come together to help.”

 

Masks are being sent to select cities and states with Ford plant locations, as well as other organizations around the country. Recipients for the 10 million masks have been identified and distribution has already started. Additional donations will be made as mask production increases through the end of the year. Decisions on those recipients will be made later. Ford plans to leverage its dealer network where possible once manufacturing ramps up.


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