PURCHASE, N.Y. – October 4, 2012 – Today, more than 1,500 PepsiCo employees across the country will participate for the third consecutive year in PepsiCo Feeds America, the company’s annual national day of service to support Feeding America. PepsiCo employees will volunteer at 39 food banks in the Feeding America network throughout the day to help provide food for households in need.
“For many of our food banks, volunteers outnumber paid staff and help to make sure that we are able to provide the essential food to those in need in our communities,” said Matt Knott, interim President and CEO of Feeding America, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization. “We are grateful to PepsiCo for not only being a generous donor to our organization but also for fostering a sense of corporate citizenship throughout their company. Their employees have given their time and skills to help the more than 50 million Americans struggling to put food on the table.”
“Feeding America is a terrific organization doing incredibly important work in our communities,” said Pamela Culpepper, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, PepsiCo. “PepsiCo employees have a strong desire to give back to their communities, and this day of service is a great way to harness this spirit to help those in need.”
PepsiCo volunteers will load boxes, backpacks and pallets of food at the food banks, as well as prepare care packages to help feed thousands of individuals and families. In addition, the company will donate various food and beverage products to Feeding America, including Quaker Oats, Lipton iced tea, Propel Zero, and Frito-Lay snacks.
In the first two years of PepsiCo Feeds America, organized by Mosaic, PepsiCo’s African-American employee resource group, PepsiCo employees helped prepare more than 1.8 million meals for distribution at local food banks.
PepsiCo has a longstanding relationship with Feeding America. In addition to volunteer hours, the company has contributed $1 million to the organization to support hunger relief.
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.