PepsiCo employees regularly volunteer their time, skills and creative insights to help those in need. Whether helping out in simple ways or seeking solutions to global challenges, PepsiCo employees help make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and have an enduring impact on the communities where they live and work. In 2012, we estimate that more than 33,000 volunteer hours were completed by PepsiCo employees around the world.
PepsiCorps, a program created by a group of associates with the sponsorship of our Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, is an example of how PepsiCo supports the passion of our employees to make a positive impact. PepsiCorps is a skill-based volunteer program in which associates from around the world form teams that are deployed to help local communities address societal challenges.
In 2011, a team of associates from Canada, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the U.S. and Vietnam worked in Ghana for one month to help a local community improve access to safe water and promote eco-tourism. In 2012, associates from Lebanon, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey, the U.A.E. and the U.S. participated in PepsiCorps, with one team working with a local community in India to improve and promote rainwater harvesting, and the other team working with a Native American community in Albuquerque, New Mexico to plan and build a community garden to encourage healthy eating habits.
In China, 21 Greater China Region volunteers worked more than 1,000 volunteer hours to establish the Mother Water Cellar project. Working with over 180 primary school students, PepsiCo employees constructed a water purification tower for a rural school in southwest China to benefit over 700 students and teachers.
In addition to installing the tower, PepsiCo volunteers provided sanitation and health training, presented an educational film on water-saving strategies, conducted a water purification experiment and visited rural families in the area.
Food for Good Possibilities
Food for Good was created in 2009 by PepsiCo employees who were inspired by the company's Performance with Purpose vision. The mission of Food for Good is to make nutritious foods more accessible in inner city communities.
Through collaborations with community and government partners, the program provides free, nutritious meals and fun physical activities to kids during the summer months, when they are out of school and therefore do not have access to government subsidized meals. Together with our valued partners, Food for Good served 700,000 meals during the summer of 2012. Since the program started in 2009, we have served 1.6 million meals to inner city children.