BUY, NY, August 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, PepsiCo and its philanthropic arm, the PepsiCo Foundation, announced partnerships with World Central Kitchen and Save the Children to provide meals, clean water and disaster relief to people affected by severe flooding in eastern Kentucky.
Quickly mobilizing with partners and community members, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation will provide nearly 50,000 meals, among other urgently needed items, through a variety of channels, including:
- A $150,000 donation in support of World Central Kitchen’s efforts to provide fresh, hot meals to those in need.
- 10,000 stable shelves food for good breakfasts delivered in partnership with Amazon Disaster Relief to be distributed by Save the Children to emergency shelters in the region.
- An additional amount of $150,000 in support of Save the Children’s relief efforts which include clean water, hygiene kits, diapers, childcare supplies and cribs for families.
- Donated nearly ninety thousand bottles of water to areas where water access connections were affected.
“The current crisis is affecting thousands of people, leaving many without adequate essential supplies or safe housing, but our partners on the ground – World Central Kitchen and Save the Children – have responded quickly,” said Jon Banner, PepsiCo Executive Vice President, Global Communications, and Chairman of the PepsiCo Foundation. “PepsiCo has a long history in Kentucky and 1,400 of our employees live there. Our roots run deep and we are heartbroken to see so many families, including 27 of our own, displaced by this disaster.”
“World Central Kitchen is a team of food first responders who know that a hot meal is so much more than a plate of food – it’s hope, it’s dignity, it’s a sign that someone ‘one cares’, said Jason Collis, Vice President of Relief, World Central Kitchen. “We are grateful to be able to count on the PepsiCo Foundation, not only for its financial support, but also for its confidence in our mission and its willingness to roll up its sleeves and help communities in Kentucky which were devastated by the floods.
“Save the Children began working in Kentucky communities 90 years ago and remains committed to supporting children affected by the recent devastating floods – now and in the future,” said Betsy Zorio, Vice President of US Programs for Save the Children. “We are deeply grateful for PepsiCo’s support in getting essential supplies and meals Kentucky children and families must begin to recover during this difficult time.”
To help further support relief efforts, the PepsiCo Foundation will also match employee donations to organizations providing critical relief to affected communities and has activated PEPhelp, an employee-to-employee program that provides financial assistance to affected PepsiCo employees. by natural disasters. PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation also provide employees with dinner donations, hotel stays, grocery gift cards and time off for needed recovery.
The PepsiCo Foundation also has a long history of community relief efforts and is a member of the annual American Red Cross Disaster Giving Program, granting at least $500,000 every year to ensure the Red Cross can pre-position supplies, secure shelters, maintain vehicles, train volunteers and prepare for future disasters.
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About the PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, invests in the essentials of a sustainable food system with a mission to support thriving communities. By working with nonprofit organizations and experts around the world, we strive to help communities access food security, clean water and economic opportunity. We strive to have a tangible impact in the places where we live and work, collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations and our employees to bring about large-scale change on the issues that matter to us and which are of global importance. Learn more about https://www.pepsico.com/our-impact/philanthropy/pepsico-foundation.
About the central cuisine of the world
Founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is the first on the front lines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises while working to build resilient food systems with local solutions. WCK has served more than 100 million fresh meals to people affected by natural disasters and other crises around the world. WCK’s resilience programs strengthen food and nutrition security by training school chefs and cooks; advancing clean cooking practices; and provide grants to farms, fisheries, and small food businesses while providing education and networking opportunities. Learn more about wck.org.
About Save the Children
save the children believes that every child deserves a future. Since our founding over 100 years ago, we have changed the lives of over a billion children. In United States and everywhere in the world, we give children a good start in life, the opportunity to learn and to protect themselves from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. follow us on Facebook, instagram, Twitter and Youtube.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and comforts disaster victims; provides about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, service members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the volunteers and generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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