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Annual Chicago Auto Show Food Drive gets a boost from Chrysler

More than 40 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships in the Chicagoland area will be collecting canned food donations beginning February 1, 2010 in collaboration with the 2010 Chicago Auto Show Food Drive to benefit A Safe Haven Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people in crisis and transition.

The expanded food drive effort allows auto show goers to receive discounted admission by donating three cans of food at any participating Chrysler Group dealership throughout the month of February. The 2010 food drive will culminate at the McCormick Center during the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, where food can be donated in the main hall February 17, 18 and 19. People who bring in three cans of food will receive a coupon for $4 off a full-price adult admission.

A Safe Haven Foundation has recently opened their arms to refugees of the terrible earthquake in Haiti. More than 240 Haitian evacuees have been served by A Safe Haven Foundation since the earthquake in addition to the daily service to Chicago’s homeless.

All the proceeds of the food drive go to feeding Haiti earthquake victims, residents at A Safe Haven Foundation and North Lawndale citizens via A Safe Haven Foundation’s Community Food Pantry.

“Chrysler is dedicated to serving the communities in which we live and work,” said Lewis Scott, Director of Chrysler’s Midwest Business Center. “We are so proud to continue our partnership with A Safe Haven Foundation and the great work they do everyday to feed the people of Chicago and most recently, the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti.”

“It is an incredible opportunity to once again partner with the American icon automaker Chrysler Corporation to raise awareness and support for those experiencing homelessness from the earthquake in Haiti and for American’s that have fallen victims of the economy as they embark on their path to self-sufficiency through an integrated, community-based ‘continuum of care’ here at A Safe Haven,” said Neli Vazquez-Rowland, President of A Safe Haven Foundation.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Chicago Auto Show food drive. To date more than 300,000 pounds of food have been collected through the program and distributed to local food pantries through A Safe Haven Foundation.

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