PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the devastation and destruction to the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, the PepsiCo Foundation is donating USD $1 million to support disaster relief and recovery efforts. The company is partnering with four relief agency partners to deliver this aid: American Red Cross International Response Fund, Give2Asia, Habitat for Humanity International and Save the Children.
"Over the last few days, we have seen heartbreaking scenes from the Philippines caused by this historic typhoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the millions of people affected by this devastating storm," said Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. "As a committed member of the Filipino community, PepsiCo is bringing its resources and its partners together to help in this time of incredible need. We will be there for the Filipino people as they respond to and recover from this natural disaster."
The immediate needs following a typhoon are significant, as are those during recovery in the months and years following such a disaster. Each PepsiCo Foundation partner provides expertise in disaster relief in the aftermath and long-term rebuilding of impacted communities throughout the Philippines.
Through the American Red Cross, the PepsiCo Foundation is supporting the Philippine Red Cross, whose volunteer rescue and relief teams are providing assistance in the hardest hit communities, including search and rescue efforts and distribution of food and relief supplies. The $250,000 Foundation grant supports the American Red Cross's deployment of disaster relief specialists and equipment to the Philippines.
The PepsiCo Foundation is providing a $250,000 grant to Give2Asia, a social enterprise that is strongly positioned to identify local Filipino partners and agencies through its field team in Manila. These local agencies can meet the most urgent needs for relief in the short and long term.
A $250,000 grant will be given to Habitat for Humanity International to help in the production and distribution of thousands of clean-up kits and shelter repair kits. The shelter repair kits will contain tools and materials that can be used by families to repair their homes, allowing them to leave emergency shelters as soon as possible.
Save the Children, which has been working in the Philippines since 1981, will be providing essential relief and recovery supplies, such as kits for shelter, household and hygiene, which children and families need during their time of greatest vulnerability. A $250,000 PepsiCo Foundation grant will kick-start Save the Children's global appeal for support to quickly scale up humanitarian relief for children and families in the Philippines.
The PepsiCo Foundation will collaborate with agency partners over the coming months to assess the deployment of the relief committed and potential needs in the future.
In addition to the Foundation grants, PepsiCo's local partners, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. and exclusive national foods distributor Benby Enterprises, are mobilizing to identify needs, including product and logistics support, amid the significant infrastructure damage.
The PepsiCo Foundation has a long-standing history of working with these relief partners to help communities that have suffered as a result of natural disaster. From hurricanes in Haiti and the United States, to earthquakes in Japan and China, to floods in Missouri and the Philippines, PepsiCo and these agencies have come together to provide the support necessary to overcome the initial disaster and to help rebuild communities.
PepsiCo Relief Partners
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Give2Asia makes international grant making safe, effective, and impactful. Since its founding in 2001 by The Asia Foundation, Give2Asia has raised $237 million in gifts and donations from corporate, foundation, and individual donors for community partners in Asia. Give2Asia has demonstrated its effectiveness in serving the needs of international philanthropy with its on-the-ground presence, knowledge of diverse social and economic conditions, and the expert matching of donor interests with innovative and effective grantees. Give2Asia has responded to over 40 disasters in Asia, including five in the Philippines.
Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.
Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters.
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 from treats to healthy eats; 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.
About the PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation is the philanthropic anchor of PepsiCo, responsible for providing charitable contributions to eligible non-profit organizations. The Foundation is committed to developing sustainable partnerships and programs in underserved regions that provide opportunities for improved health, environment and education. For more information, please visit: http://www.pepsico.com/Purpose/Global-Citizenship.
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