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Mazda Foundation Awards Grants to Address Food Insecurity and Education

Mazda announces grants totaling $450,000 awarded to support organizations serving Southern California and the greater Huntsville, Alabama area.

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The Mazda Foundation's Board of Trustees has awarded $450,000 to four organizations as part of the foundation’s yearly grant-giving. These grants will serve needy communities in Southern California and the greater Huntsville, Alabama, area.

Grants from the Mazda Foundation were awarded to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (Irvine, CA), the Food Bank of North Alabama (Huntsville, AL), FUSE Studio (funding a program in Southern California), and AVID Center (funding a program in Madison, AL).

The Mazda Foundation says that its guiding principle is that what matters most is one another. The Foundation seeks to address not only the results of poverty but also some of its root causes.

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“The awards we’re announcing today address challenges that too many Americans face,” said Jeff Guyton, president of Mazda North American Operations and chairman of the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. “Those challenges range from basic food security to equal access to the building blocks of education. Everyone needs these fundamentals in order to thrive.”

The grants to the food banks aim to increase the delivery of food to families located in California and Alabama in need at a time that demand has increased. Recent estimates placing that increase at +60% since March 2020. The Foundation award to FUSE will fund STEM coursework for several underserved middle schools, and the award to AVID will ensure underserved students have the opportunity not only to be admitted to college but to succeed once they arrive.

To learn more about the important aid that the Mazda Foundation provides you can visit its website.

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