Faurecia food drive under way

TROY — Faurecia will help nourish neighborhoods across North America during its 2015 annual F.U.E.L.S. food drive

The F.U.E.L.S. company-wide giving program kicks off its sixth year after providing more than 3.5 million meals to families across North America since 2010

Across North America, employees of Faurecia, the world’s seventh-largest automotive supplier, are gearing up for the company’s annual community food drive, an initiative started in 2010 that has grown every year since. F.U.E.L.S., which stands for Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service, has provided more than 3.5 million meals to thousands of families in need throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. — an accomplishment achieved through teamwork and a passion for giving back to the communities Faurecia calls home.

This year marks the sixth consecutive year of F.U.E.L.S., a month-long drive supported by Faurecia’s more than 20,000 employees at 47 locations, collecting non-perishable food items and money to nourish neighborhoods across North America. All donations for FUELS, food and monetary, are measured by the number of meals they produce. One pound of food is equal to one meal, and $1 is equal to three meals. Last year, employees helped donate 1.12 million meals.

To maximize the success and effectiveness of F.U.E.L.S., Faurecia teams up with local food banks in the communities where the company has a presence. Each participating site works closely with its food bank partner to understand the specific needs of that neighborhood and to ensure Faurecia’s efforts are as impactful as possible. In addition to food and monetary contributions, many employees donate time during scheduled volunteer days at their partner food banks.

“It’s inspiring to see Faurecia’s employees continue to demonstrate such a high level of enthusiasm and involvement with charitable initiatives such as F.U.E.L.S.,” said Mark Stidham, president of Faurecia North America. “This year’s ‘Nourish our Neighborhoods’ theme encapsulates all of the great work our teams are doing to help our neighbors thrive. When the company comes together, it shows that we are serious about our roles as corporate citizens and devoted to making a positive difference in communities across North America.”

In years past, Faurecia’s sites have competed with each other to foster teamwork and good-spirited competition for this important cause. This year, Faurecia will take a creative twist on the competition: the winner of the 2015 F.U.E.L.S. challenge will be the site that beats its own 2014 food collection record by the highest percentage. Faurecia will donate $1,000 to the food bank partner of each site that meets its goal, plus $5,000 to the food bank of the most successful site in the U.S./Canada and in Mexico.

The F.U.E.L.S. program is one example of Faurecia’s service and volunteer initiatives through its business groups and individual team members. Its ongoing efforts include a dedication to STEM, providing shelter, ending hunger and participating in other charitable partnerships. The F.U.E.L.S. initiative, started by Faurecia North America in 2010, is now a global Faurecia program, inspiring a number of countries outside North America, including China, France, Germany, India and Spain, with other countries to join the program this year.

For updates on contributions from every Faurecia location, along with photos, videos and personal stories, visit FaureciaFUELS.com and engage with Faurecia on Facebook and Twitter.