Tuesday, 14 December 2021 11:50

Ford to Bring 10,000 Lbs. of Fresh Food to Detroit Residents with AV Delivery Pilot


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Just in time for the holidays, Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with its philanthropic arm, Ford Motor Company Fund, is launching a fresh food delivery pilot in Southwest Detroit deploying specialized autonomous vehicle technology.

Located within the Michigan Central impact area where Ford is putting mobility innovation and community at its forefront, the six-month pilot is one of the first projects bringing the Michigan Central district to life.


It is expected to provide 10,000 pounds of fresh food to the doorsteps of senior citizens who lack access to food due to mobility challenges.


Residents of Rio Vista Detroit Co-op Apartments senior living center now will see their existing food deliveries from the complimentary program---Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) on the Go, launched earlier this year by Ford Fund and Gleaners Community Food Bank---double in the coming weeks as they receive an additional shipment of groceries through the pilot.


The program and pilot are essential to more than 20 Rio Vista residents who have already opted-in to this complimentary service as a reliable way to receive their groceries without needing to secure transportation.


“We’re constantly thinking about how to expand our reach in communities for those who don’t have access to the most basic goods, like groceries or warm meals,” said Joe Provenzano, mobility director, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Bringing Ford’s mobility expertise together with local collaborations allows us to create innovative solutions that make communities stronger and people’s lives better.”


Ford Fund and Gleaners have distributed 2.4 million pounds of food through the delivery program and Ford Resource and Engagement Centers.


Participants currently receive a mix of dry and canned goods plus fresh produce, including milk and cheese. Now, Rio Vista residents will receive another delivery each month containing additional fresh produce and milk. The items were determined based on feedback from residents who are already participating, and will be reevaluated throughout the pilot.


“CSI and Rio Vista Detroit Co-op are incredibly excited for this collaboration with Ford Motor Company,” said Eric Finkler, co-op liaison, Rio Vista Detroit. “For many seniors in this community, access to transportation is...

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