Newmans Own Partners With Ford Motor Company To Help The Hungry

first_imgFor the 12th consecutive year, Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own, Inc. are partnering with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to donate Ford refrigerated trucks filled with Newman’s Own food products.Food banks in four regions are receiving trucks this year including Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.With this year’s donation of four Ford F-550 trucks, a total of 107 Ford trucks and vans have been donated to Feeding America food banks to help deliver nutritious perishable foods.“While there are encouraging signs that we are coming back from the tough economic times of the past several years, many families still are struggling,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “This partnership is important because it not only provides food to families in need, it also contributes to building stronger communities and a better world.”The partnership between the two companies began 12 years ago when Paul Newman reached out to see how Ford Motor Company could join with Newman’s Own to address the critical need for fresh and nutritious food for families facing hunger. Since then Feeding America has been able to deliver more than 209 million meals to families across the country.“Meeting the needs of those who don’t have access to perishable foods was important to Paul Newman at the beginning of the program, and now, with an increased nationwide need, it’s become even more critical,” said Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer of Newman’s Own. “Newman’s Own is proud to be part of this partnership.”The refrigerated trucks allow for delivery of perishable food to hard-to-reach communities that often are underserved, as well as urban and suburban areas where there is an urgent need for nutritious food. Besides Gleaners, other food banks receiving trucks this fall are Feeding America San Diego, Feeding South Florida in Miami and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.“Some of the largest increases in food need are in suburban Detroit communities, many of which lack a strong network of emergency food providers,” says W. DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners. “We’re grateful to Ford and Newman’s Own for this donation, and for continuing to strengthen the emergency food network here and across the country.”“We have seen a dramatic rise in the number of people raising their hands seeking food assistance from the Feeding America network. Today, we are feeding 37 million people each year – that’s an increase of 1 million people from four years ago,” said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. “Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own have been longtime, generous supporters of our mission. We continue to build partnerships like this to help our food banks provide more donated food to help feed more people in need.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

The charm of Punjabi folk

first_imgThe two-day festival of traditional Punjabi music opened in the national capital, putting the spotlight on Kheyal Gayeki tradition of Punjab that has enchanted lovers of Hindustani Classical music.Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia inaugurated the festival.  Jetinder Singh Tomar, Minister for Law & Justice; Tourism; Gurdwara Elections and Art, Culture & Languages, Govt. of Delhi was the Guest of Honour. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’If one talks about the cultural heritage of Punjab, the mellifluous kheyal ‘bandishes’ (Compositions) cannot be left out from the discourse. In fact, this is a genre of gayeki which has enriched the Hindustani Classical music for more than two centuries now. Punjabi Academy, Govt. of Delhi, Department of Art, Culture & Languages, Govt. of Delhi; has brought together renowned artists of this genre for two days May 21 -22 at the India International Centre. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival began with a performance of Bhai Balwant Singh Namdhari who rendered kheyal gayeki with tabla mridang in the traditional style of Punjab. His performance was followed by Raza Ali Khan who sang the traditional Punjabi Kheyal bandishes. Before the advent of Kheyal, there were four famous Gharanas of Dhrupad singing in the Punjab, Talwandi, Haryana, Sham Chaurasi and Kapurthala. Kheyal Gayeki emerged as the next stage of evolution in the history of Hindustani music as the strict discipline of earlier days gave way to greater expansiveness and liberty of expression in the musical firmament. The process of this evolution had started with the creative endeavors of Amir Khusroe in the 12th century and completed itself under the vibrant outpourings of Niamat Khan Sadarang and Ferozkhan Adaran who gave the Kheyal style its present stamp.  Kheyal Gayeki remained confined to Delhi for some time, and it was only later during the 19th century that the new style reached the Punjab. From Delhi, it was first taken to Gwalior where Haddu Khan and Hassu Khan laid the foundation of the Gwalior Gharana of Kheyal singing. Banne Khan Nangliwale learnt from them and went to Punjab and taught stalwarts such as Pyare Khan, Umaid Ali Khan and Mubarak Ali Khan. Meanwhile, Jamail Ali Bakshi and Kaptaan Fateh Ali of Patiala became Shagirds of Tanras Khan of Delhi who had also learnt from Haddu-Hassu Khan of Gwalior, and from Mubarak Ali of Jaipur (son of Bare Mohd Khan). They founded the Patiala Gharana of Music, from which flows an important line of Kheyal Gayeki of the Punjab. This genre of gayeki further evolved over the 20th century and adopted new ways of rendition and musical instruments.“As you are aware the Punjab has always been renowned for its beautiful bandishes which have enriched the repertoire of Hindustani Classical Music. Punjabi is the only other language, apart from Braj Bhasha, in which Kheyal Bandishes have been written over the centuries. Shah Sada Rang and Ada Rang, creators of the Kheyal style of Hindustani Classical Music, have also composed some beautiful Bandishes in Punjab which will be presented in this Festival. Over the last two centuries, Hindustani Musicians whether from the Punjab or elsewhere, have sung these Punjabi Kheyal compositions. It is our effort through this festival to revive an interest in them by encouraging their research and presentation. ,” says Geetanjali Gupta, Secretery, Art, Culture & Languages, Government of Delhi.The second day of the festival will have Qutubi Qawwal from the Dargah presenting the Sufi Qawwali from Punjab and Pandit Yashpaul rendering the Punjabi Kheyal Bandishes.“Through this annual festival, our effort is to revive interest and attract youngsters to this beautiful form of classical vocal music. We also want to encourage research and presentation in the art form that is an intrinsic part of our composite culture,” says Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.last_img read more

Urdu examination of WBCS Main cancelled

first_imgKolkata: The Urdu examination of the ‘West Bengal Civil Services’ Main was cancelled on Monday after it was reported that the question paper in the second half, distributed among the candidates, was the same as last year, a public service commission official said.The official said, once the mix-up was reported by the candidates at the Ultadanga examination centre, examinations for both firsthalf and second half papers were declared cancelledby the commission as “we Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifedid not want to take any chance.”Examinations for both papers will now take place on September 1, the official said.Urdu examination during the first half had been conducted without any complaint but since there were allegations of secondhalf question paper having tallied with the question paper of 2017, it wasprudent to altogether cancel examinations for both half today and held the exams afresh on a later date, the official said.An estimated 4,000candidates sat for the Urdu examinations across the state this year.The WBCS examinations began on August 17and were slated to end on August 21.last_img read more