30 March 2020
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FCA to donate a million meals for school children as it expands its coronavirus-related relief actions

In addition to converting its first plant to produce face masks to donate to first responders and health care workers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is expanding its coronavirus relief efforts to more than a million meals to school-age children in the communities around its principal manufacturing plants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The program will then be extended nationwide in the U.S. and to Canada and Mexico, supporting similar relief efforts for kids who would normally access school meal services.

“There has never been a more important moment to help children and their families with vital needs in our communities than during this time of great uncertainty,” said FCA CEO Mike Manley. 

FCA will work in partnership with non-profit organizations and foundations that are providing food to children until schools return to session.

The first machinery has been delivered and installed with supply and donation of face masks coming on stream in the coming weeks. FCA will extend that production capacity to other plants and ultimately donate masks to first responders and health care workers across the world.

In addition, FCA is now investing technical, logistical and manufacturing resources at medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). The company’s engineering and logistics team in Italy are assisting a local ventilator manufacturer. FCA is also engaged with other companies producing ventilators and other much needed medical equipment and PPE.

“In this time of need, we’ve focused our resources on those actions we can implement quickly and that will have the greatest impact, as we did in Italy as soon as the emergency started,” added Manley.

FCA is a global automaker that designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles in a portfolio of brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, Lancia, Ram and Maserati. It also sells parts and services under the Mopar name and operates in the components and production systems sectors under the Comau and Teksid brands. FCA employs nearly 200,000 people.