Chrysler LLC Lends Support to Northern Colorado Communities Affected by Severe Tornado Damage
The Chrysler LLC Denver Business Center has donated $25,000, on behalf of The Chrysler Foundation, to the Weld Food Bank in support of relief efforts for residents affected by a severe tornado that hit multiple Weld County, Colo., communities, including Windsor and Greeley, on May 22. This contribution will be used by the organization to distribute emergency food supplies to victims of this recent natural disaster.
"The Chrysler Foundation is proud to partner with the Weld Food Bank to help the citizens of Weld County whose lives have been devastated by this recent tornado," Brian Glowiak, Vice President – The Chrysler Foundation, said. "Our contribution will support the ongoing distribution of emergency supplies that are desperately needed following this disaster."
The Denver Business Center and local Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge dealers sought support from The Chrysler Foundation when northern Colorado was hit by the tornado.
The Weld Food Bank was first to supply food to the community shelter in Windsor and has been providing ongoing snacks and refreshments to workers involved in recovery. The food bank has extended its hours to accept both nonperishable food and monetary donations for this cause.
Working long hours, the food bank has sorted thousands of pounds of donated foods to fill emergency boxes for distribution to victims. The Weld Food Bank has distributed approximately 50,000 pounds of food in recovery efforts within Weld County.
Although the Weld Food Bank's primary mission is to support the emergency response of its partner agencies, this disaster required a far greater response. Therefore, the Weld Food Bank also is providing food items to nonprofit agency partners in affected towns that seek to aid victims in surrounding communities.
"Our first delivery of food to the American Red Cross shelter in Windsor, Colo., was made only hours after the tornado hit," Leona Martens, Executive Director – Weld Food Bank, said. "Since then, our volunteers have been in tornado-damaged communities performing massive food distributions to victims of these storms. This very generous support from Chrysler will allow us to continue assistance long into the recovery process."
Weld Food Bank
The Weld Food Bank is a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to lead and engage its community in the fight against hunger. As a member of America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest food network, the Weld Food Bank is a fully functional warehouse and distribution center for food to be collected, stored and processed for distribution to 116 other area nonprofit agencies as well as through direct service programs such as Kid's Cafe, the Backpack Program, USDA's Commodities Program and Emergency Food Boxes for those in crisis. During fiscal year 2007, the Weld Food Bank distributed more than 5.7 million pounds of food within Weld County.