One person's overtime funds another's turkey dinner under the UAW-Ford Boxes of Love Food Giveaway that will help feed 25,000 families over the holidays.
About $750,000 is being spent to help feed needy families in communities where Ford has facilities. The bulk of the food boxes — 17,000 — are being distributed in the metro Detroit area with a high concentration in Dearborn.
The UAW-Ford Brownstown Packaging Depot in Romulus was transformed into an assembly plant last weekend while three shifts of volunteers assembled the fixings of a fine holiday meal. Each basket has a 12-14 pound turkey, boxes of stuffing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and corn bread mix, canned vegetables, cake mix and frosting.
More than 200 area helpers including UAW-Ford staff and their families, community leaders, students from the Detroit and Highland Park school systems, Woodbridge Community Center, Eagle Sports teams and about 85 area churches have pitched in to assemble and distribute the boxes valued at $30 each.