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Mazda Foundation grants $215,000 to food pantries across nation

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By Ann Frances –

The Mazda Foundation in Irvine is impacting individuals and families near and far by offering financial support to food banks throughout the country. The foundation today announced $215,000 in grants that are expected to provide 730,000 meals to those in need over the next 12 months. Nine food pantries in six major metropolitan areas, including two here in Orange County, are the recipients of the funds.

Bracken’s Kitchen in Garden Grove and Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine, were recipients of the grants.

“The pandemic has created enormous need in communities across the country,” said Jeff Guyton, president of Mazda North American Operations and chairman of the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. “Addressing a fundamental need like food security is a clear expression of the Mazda Foundation’s guiding principle that what matters most is one another.”

The recently awarded funding follows a March donation, initiated at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the foundation’s relief funding to $429,000 this year. The grand funds are helping boost the capacity of nonprofits who are reporting a huge demand in need, the result of the economic impact of COVID-19.

Other grant recipients include: Houston Food Bank (Houston, TX); North Texas Food Bank (Plano, TX); Central Texas Food Bank (Austin, TX); Northern Illinois Food Bank (Geneva, IL); Greater Chicago Food Depository (Chicago, IL); Food Bank of North Alabama (Huntsville, AL); and Flemington Area Food Pantry (Flemington, N.J.).

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