An artist's rendering of Dare to Care's Transit Connect cargo van , Photo: Ford

An artist's rendering of Dare to Care's Transit Connect cargo van, Photo: Ford 

Ford will donate five Transit Connect cargo vans to select organizations that provide hunger relief services. The vans will help these organizations give to those in need during the upcoming holiday season and through the rest of 2015. 

The groups in Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Phoenix, and Dallas metropolitan areas will be using the vans to pick up food, take it to their facilities, and deliver it to those in need. 

Each van offers 103.9 cubic feet of cargo space and can carry 1,470 pounds, which amounts to more than 1,100 meals per vehicle per trip, according to a release by the automaker. 

The first Transit Connect will be donated on Dec. 7 to the Salvation Army of Kansas City, Mo. The second will go to Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 8. Chapman Partnership in Miami will receive the third van on Dec. 9. The fourth van will be donated to Matthew's Crossing Food Bank in Chandler, Ariz. on Dec. 10. And the final Transit Connect will be sent to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas on Dec. 11.  

"More than 48 million Americans live in fear of going hungry each day and these vehicles will deliver meals – not just during this season of giving but throughout the year," said Janet Lawson, director of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet