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Waterford donates $3K for healthy meal effort

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Waterford donates $3K for healthy meal effort

Phil Waterford (center) presented the Second Harvest Food Bank with a $3,000 donation during the Project 10 Challenge on Feb. 28.

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POSTED March 18, 2014 12:54 a.m.

There are two things Phil Waterford loves just as much as putting someone in the right car or truck.

“I love a challenge (but) more importantly, I am passionate about fighting hunger and feeding hope,” the president and owner of Manteca Ford and Exotic High Line said recently.

Waterford accomplished both with one fell swoop, earning a perfect 10 in the eyes of those with the Project 10 Challenge on Feb.28. Waterford donated $3,000 to the nutritional campaign that aims to replace non-healthy meals with healthy shakes and cookies.

The event was sponsored by the ViSalus Body by Vi Challenge and attracted 15 local vendors to Manteca Ford, which hosted the gathering on a stormy Friday evening. Waterford welcomed everyone in from the rain and wind before presenting a check to Jessica Donges-Vaughn of the Second Harvest Food Bank, which pledged to match the amount raised by ViSalus dollar for dollar. 

“I am literally shaking right now,” said Shaun Larsen, ViSalus business partner and co-event coordinator. “Besides all of the generous donations from the community, Manteca Ford just handed a check for $3,000. What does this mean?”

In simple terms: $6,000 for nutritional cookies and shakes for children and hungry mouths in the area. More specifically, though, that money could buy 7,500 shakes.

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