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Phil Waterford with a $6,000 check for Second Harvest that will allow them to purchase $30,000 worth of food for needy families.

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POSTED October 4, 2012 5:41 p.m.

Successful businessman Phil Waterford has much a lot to be thankful for - including a very prosperous auto dealership, Manteca Ford and Exotic High Line. He will tell you that the true key to his success is his unwavering faith in God, his love for his family, his hard work, and the selfless way he gives back to his community. In recent years, Waterford has taken part in Manteca’s annual Memorial Day event, “Not Forgotten,” thrown a Christmas Eve breakfast for the entire community that fed hundreds of local residents, helped numerous foster children, raised funds for a sweet little girl to receive the medical treatment she needs, and has now embraced Second Harvest Food Bank.

Mike Mallory, Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank, and I had the privilege of sitting down and speaking with Mr. Waterford who told us a wise friend once told him that it was “most important to be significant,” and that these are words he lives by. Waterford has made a very significant impact on numerous lives through his generosity. It is clear when you speak with the people he has helped, not only with his Community Sales events, but also in other less publicized ways.

If you take the time to sit and talk with him, his genuine compassion and desire to help others is immediately evident. He took an active interest in the Food 4 Thought program, which provides groceries to 3,600 food-insecure children in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

Phil Waterford and his General Sales Manager Jeff Houghton decided to sponsor a Community Sales Event in conjunction with Hunger Awareness Month. $100 from every car sold was donated to the Food Bank to help with the Food 4 Thought Program. Second Harvest Food Bank is incredibly thankful to Mr. Waterford and his sales team for the hard work they are putting into helping us reach our mission of “Fighting Hunger, and Feeding Hope!”

Every dollar that is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank represents $5.00 of nutritious food that can be purchased to benefit over 325,000 people throughout 7 counties including San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford & Exotic High Line presented a check in the amount of $6,000, which equates to $30,000.00 worth of  supplemental groceries that will go directly to families and individuals suffering from food insecurities in the Central Valley.

We are incredibly grateful to Waterford and the rest of our community partners that step up in numerous ways to improve Second Harvest Food Bank. If you would like more information on how you can partner with Second Harvest Food Bank and make a difference, contact us at 209-239-2091 or email us at

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