The PepsiCo Foundation: We feed potential
At the heart of the PepsiCo Foundation is our belief in the potential possessed by the people and communities we serve. There are far too many communities around the world, however, that are systemically excluded from access to the essential resources they need to grow, prosper and thrive — like nutritious food, safe water and economic opportunity. That is why the PepsiCo Foundation’s work focuses on the creation of sustainable and innovative solutions to these three critical socioeconomic issues. We know that by alleviating the stress and strain of these barriers, we come one step closer to creating a more equitable world for all.
Many of the systemic barriers our work focuses on lessening were exacerbated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this need, the Foundation went into overdrive to serve communities in need of food and protective equipment. We are honored to be able to step up to the plate and be a beacon of hope to the millions of people and communities around the world. These communities are places where our PepsiCo colleagues and their families live, work and connect with their neighborhoods.
What we're focused on
We’ve been investing in tangible social impact since 1962.
Collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations, nonprofits, and our employees around the globe, we are on a mission to build a more sustainable food system and equitable world through the power of community. Listening to, learning from and being led by the communities we serve is the only way we can take on the biggest challenges facing our global society.
Though our reach is global, we understand that it takes the collaborative efforts of many to make real change in the local communities where we operate. We realize we can do even more when we join forces with industry peers, local and international organizations, and our employees to make large-scale change.
Communities flourish when they’re getting the nutritious food they need. Children are better educated; economies grow; and people live healthier, longer lives.
Philanthropy Focus Area: Food Security
What we're doing
As of 2022, more than 800 million people around the globe suffer from hunger. That’s 10% of the world’s population. Based on current projections, the United Nations’ sustainable development goal (SDG 2) of zero hunger by 2030 will be missed by nearly 660 million people.
Through Food for Good, PepsiCo’s philanthropic global commitment to advance food security, we’ve reached millions of people over the years, and now we’re taking our commitment to a new level. We’re bringing together the lessons learned from successful programs all over the world and raising our voice — and those of our partners — to fight for food for good. Our first steps:
1. We will invest $100 million through 2030 for the Zero Hunger Pledge in partnership with our sustainability team.
2. We’re aiming to increase nutritious food access for 50 million people by 2030 as part of our PepsiCo Positive (pep+) journey.
We’re combating worldwide hunger by delivering meals, helping food banks strengthen their operations, providing logistical support and technical expertise in the nutrition field, and supporting long-term food security. Since 2009, our Foundation’s programs and partners have distributed more than 245 million meals.
In response to hunger challenges exacerbated by COVID-19, we’re working with more than 60 partners, including Feeding America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Global FoodBanking Network and local nonprofits around the world, to distribute nutritious meals — among other much-needed resources — to people in at-risk populations. Our goal is to deliver 50 million meals by 2030.
Our key partners
Food for Food for Good United States (FFG US): FFG US is a social enterprise that delivers nutritious meals daily for kids in learning environments including school, after-school and summer programs. FFG US does this by hiring from the communities we serve to create economic opportunity and improve workforce readiness. Since 2009, FFG US has delivered more than 50 million meals, partnered with more than 50 local partners and created more than 200 jobs.
China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA): Founded in 1989, CFPA is a charitable nongovernmental organization (NGO) registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs in China. In 2015, we launched Nutrition in Action with CFPA to provide meals and educational classes to underserved students in areas of west China. So far, this collaboration has provided more than 1.6 million meals to more than 13,000 rural students in Zhaotong of Yunnan province and Congjiang of Guizhou province.
United Nations World Food Programme: We have contributed more than $10 million through various programs during a decade-long partnership. Together, we’ve created a multi-country partnership in the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on improving long-term food security needs of communities affected by climate change, conflict, natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In addition, WFP has benefited from a program that engages PepsiCo associates in physical activity to earn grants. To date, support has been provided to school meal programs in the Philippines, Pakistan, Colombia, Haiti, Ethiopia and Kyrgyzstan.
Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty: One in every six children is currently at risk of hunger in the United States as a result of the pandemic. When schools closed in March 2020 and social distancing measures made it difficult for children to access the nutritious meals they relied upon from their schools, Food for Good US came together with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, the USDA, and McLane Global to deliver nutritious meals directly to students’ doorsteps. The Meals-to-You program brought together public, private and nonprofit organizations to deliver 39 million meals to more than 270,000 rural students in 43 states and Puerto Rico. Food for Good US delivered more than 18 million meals across the United States in 2020 alone.
Access to safe water is a human right. This precious resource is critical to human dignity, health and economic opportunity.
Philanthropy Focus Area: Water
What we’re doing
Three billion people don’t have soap and water at home for washing up. Students miss 443 million school days every year because of water-related illnesses. Women and girls spend 200 million hours every day collecting water for their families. And two in five health care facilities globally don’t have places for doctors, nurses and patients to wash their hands. As COVID-19 continues to devastate already vulnerable communities, access to clean water to prevent, slow and treat the disease is more critical than ever.
We focus our support on water distribution, purification and conservation programs. Since 2006, we’ve helped more than 59 million people globally gain access to safe water through our partnerships with leading NGOs and development agencies. During the COVID-19 crisis, our immediate efforts have focused on water distribution, sanitation and hygiene programs to bolster public health. Our ambitious new aim is to reach 100 million people with safe water access by 2030.
Our key partners
WaterAid: Together with this organization, we have increased the availability of clean water at 18 schools in the states of Nelamangala and Palakkad in India. Another program in Maharashtra and West Bengal in India gives farmers and their families access to water where there was little or none before.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): With our support, IDB installed water pumps and pipes for rural communities in Latin America, providing water and sanitation services for more than 778,000 people in Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras.
China Women’s Development Foundation: Our funding is helping train 200,000 residents in conservation and environmental protection techniques to address contamination near the Danjiangkou Reservoir. The program aims to ensure a clean, long-term supply of water for 10 million people by 2025 and has reached 800,000 people since 2011.
Safe Water Network: We proudly funded the pilot and expansion of “small water enterprises” in Ghana and India. This work purifies local groundwater to provide affordable and reliable access to safe water, helping more than 1.5 million people since launching in 2008.
Water.org: Our partnership has helped scale WaterCredit, which brings small loans to people across multiple countries, and has provided millions of people with safe water and/or sanitation since 2008. The program also created sustainable and innovative blueprints that helped accelerate access to safe water throughout the developing world.
As needs intensify globally and families are faced with increased uncertainty, our Foundation is investing to provide underserved populations with the support they need to manage through these unpredictable times and build capability for a more stable future. In each market, our approach is customized to meet local needs.
Philanthropy Focus Area: Equal Opportunity
What we’re doing
Throughout history, Black and Hispanic Americans have been denied access to equitable education, capital and economic opportunity compared to their white counterparts. The effects of these barriers have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing community college enrollment to decrease by 19% among Black students and 16% among Hispanic students; 41% of Black-owned businesses have shuttered since February 2020, and 86% of Hispanic small business owners have reported significant negative impacts, including complete closing.
Further, marginalized communities across the globe are also battling daily inequities — especially those that affect women. Female farmers are often unpaid and undervalued, despite being essential to feeding the world. Research shows that if female farmers had the same resources as male farmers, they could increase yields on their farms by 20% to 30%, potentially reducing the number of hungry people in the world by as many as 150 million.
The PepsiCo Foundation is committed to investments in education programs, training, and mentoring and supporting small business owners from communities around the world to help establish equitable solutions to closing the income gap, alleviating historical barriers and providing sustainable pandemic relief.
We believe in the often overlooked power of underserved communities around the world and will continue to work to create a more equitable world. As part of PepsiCo’s more than $570 million Racial Equality Journey, we are committed to uplifting Black and Hispanic people, businesses and communities in the U.S. to address issues of inequality and create opportunity. Further, we are committed to addressing inequity and creating economic opportunity for marginalized communities around the globe.
By 2025, our goal is to provide scholarships to 4,000 Black and Hispanic students and help 1,000 Black- and Hispanic-owned restaurants and small food businesses grow. Further, we are committed to supporting 5 million female farmers and their families around the world.
Our key partners
National Urban League: The PepsiCo Foundation and the National Urban League have partnered to create the Black Restaurant Accelerator. This $10 million initiative will provide 500 Black restaurant owners in 12 cities over the next five years with capital and business coaching. The program provides critical support to Black restaurateurs who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
CARE: We’re the largest private-sector partner in CARE’s She Feeds the World program, which addresses gender inequality in farming in Peru, Egypt, Uganda and other countries. Our $18.2 million investment aims to provide approximately 5 million female farmers and their families with education, resources and economic support that can help them increase crop yields and income. In Uganda, we’ve reached nearly 200,000 people with training that covers gender-inclusive leadership, sustainable farming and sanitary food preparation.
Robin Hood Foundation: Through partnership with New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization, we’ve given $4 million to help women and girls in New York City on the path to high-quality education and good jobs. Our partnership supports local organizations that teach coding, computer science, construction skills and culinary arts, such as Computer Science for All, Lehman College and Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW).
Community Colleges: To support Black and Hispanic students with access to higher education, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation have partnered with 20 U.S. community colleges on a $40 million community college and professional mentoring program. This provides financial aid and is designed as a wraparound system to address critical gaps and provide access to services that alleviate barriers students face outside of school.
Community Development Financial Institutions: The PepsiCo Foundation works with Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners, including Allies for Community Business, Ascendus, LiftFund, Accion Opportunity Fund, DreamSpring and other local organizations on the IMPACTO Hispanic Business Accelerator. The $10 million in funding it will provide is for 500 Hispanic small food and beverage business owners, in cities across the U.S. where Hispanic-owned small businesses were hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, to help grow their enterprises over the next five years.
International Youth Foundation: We’ve invested $2.5 million in the International Youth Foundation’s Passport to Success® Traveler program, an online training course designed to teach life and digital skills to help young women succeed in the workplace. The free curriculum is available online in multiple languages.
JA Worldwide: Working in more than 100 countries, JA equips young people with the employment and entrepreneurship skillsets and mindsets they need to succeed. By building abilities and nurturing belief in themselves, JA prepares youth for the future of work, ensures they have the tools to be financially capable adults, and teaches them to think entrepreneurially to build a brighter future for the next generation of global innovators, entrepreneurs, makers and managers.
How Our Company & the Foundation Took Action
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a devastating global rise in food insecurity, hunger and reduced access to food — not to mention a shortage of protective gear, medical supplies and doses of vaccine. PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation shifted into high gear, investing more than $71 million and working with more than 250 partners to provide protective gear for health care workers, support testing and screening services, and bring more than 145 million meals to those in at-risk populations.
PepsiCo committed $7 million to the United Nations Foundation as part of the One World: Together at Home campaign. Of these funds, $2 million went to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and $5 million to the Egyptian Food Bank, Dutch Food Banks, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Belgium Food Bank, the Belgian Red Cross, Les Restos du Coeur, Secours Populaire Français, Asociacion ANDES, the Trussell Trust, FareShare, Food Forward, Red Cross South Africa, Solidarity Fund South Africa, CARE programs in Thailand, Save the Children programs in Italy, and United Way of Westchester and Putnam in New York.
In April and May of 2020, the PepsiCo Foundation pledged to contribute up to $1 million during a 2-to-1 matching program for all employees who donated to select nonprofits providing COVID-19 relief. It was our way of saying: We’re in this together.
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Supporting more than a thousand communities globally
To help Latin America respond to COVID-19, PepsiCo strengthened local food bank capabilities and increased access to nutrition and other resources for vulnerable children.
In Latin America, PepsiCo is providing:
- More than 10 million nutritious meals in Mexico for out of school children and their families through nonprofits Un Kilo De Ayuda and Save the Children, which catalyzed an additional $1.8 million in support from other companies to help reach more children
- $1.5 million for The Global FoodBanking Network to enable food banks in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Peru, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay to stock up on key food staples, hire additional staff, and train workers on how to reduce COVID-19 transmission, in accordance with World Health Organization guidelines
- More than 500,000 meals in Honduras and El Salvador in partnership with nonprofit Rise Against Hunger to support out of school children
- $105,000 for United Way to give more than 300,000 meals to vulnerable Venezuelan children and their families
In North America, PepsiCo’s efforts focused on increasing access to nutrition for out-of-school children, delivering more than 34 million meals so far.
In the U.S., PepsiCo is providing:
- 20 million nutritious meals to communities in need through The PepsiCo Foundation’s Food for Good program, a partnership with No Kid Hungry to provide emergency grants to schools and community organizations to ensure children nationwide have access to nutrition, and a partnership with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and USDA to reach rural students
- $7 million to UnidosUS, the National Urban League, and local nonprofits in 15 U.S. cities to provide increased medical and economic aid to Black and Latino communities across the country
- $3 million to support Team Rubicon’s food delivery operations for partners Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, and others in 100 locations across the U.S.
- $2 million to the Children’s Health Fund to aid mobile health clinics administering COVID-19 screening, testing, personal protective equipment and support services in 21 communities
- $2 million to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund and job training for women aimed at long-term economic recovery
- $600,000 to The Robin Hood Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund to provide nonprofits in the New York City area with funding for emergency services, cash assistance and other support
- $500,000 to White Plains Hospital in Westchester to increase the hospital’s capacity and provide personal protective equipment to workers
- $250,000 to GENYOUth for their “For School’s Sake” Fund, which supports meal distribution and delivery at schools across the U.S. for children in need
- $500,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, created in partnership with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust and the United Way, to support the city’s most in-need residents
- $100,000 to the nonprofit Feeding Westchester to deliver healthy meals to Westchester residents
- $200,000 to the New York Community Trust Response & Impact Fund to accelerate FDA-approved rapid testing for COVID-19
- $100,000 to United Way Westchester and Putnam in New York
- $100,000 to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to support COVID-19 testing in New York City
As part of its larger relief efforts in North America, in Canada, PepsiCo is also investing:
- $450,000 to help combat food insecurity across the country
- $50,000 to Food4Kids to support access to nutrition for children while they are out of school
Europe & Central Asia
In Europe and Central Asia, PepsiCo concentrated its response on particularly hard-hit countries. Efforts bolstered the capacity of local health and relief systems.
In the Europe and Central Asia, PepsiCo is providing:
- $5 million to organizations in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Transcaucasia and Turkey to support healthcare providers and provide more than 1 million servings of food for those in need
- $500,000 to Save the Children in Italy
- $650,000 to Trussell Trust in the UK
- $130,000 to the Belgium Foodbank
- $320,000 to Les Restos Du Coeur in France
- $280,000 to Secours Populaire Francais
- $130,000 to the Netherlands Foodbank
- $160,000 to ANDES in France
- $300,000 to Educo in Spain, funding 220,000 meals for more than 3,000 children through its Dining Scholarships program
- $200,000 to Banco Alimentar Contra A Fome in Portugal to provide close to 180,000 meals for people struggling with hunger as a result of COVID-19
$800,000 to Red Cross outposts in Italy, Spain, and France to cover the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society, particularly seniors and children, many of whom are in confinement and isolation, by providing:
- Personal protection equipment and health equipment for medical responders
- Urgent health transportation for affected citizens
- Logistical support for health facilities
- Essential goods (food, hygiene, household cleaning, and sanitary products) for those unable to leave confinement
- Socialization options for isolated groups in high-risk demographics
$140,000 to the Belgium and Netherlands Red Cross organizations to fund:
- A dedicated helpline for those struggling mentally due to COVID-19
- Support the “Watch Out for Each Other” network that links volunteers to those in need of practical and mental help as a result of the quarantine and home isolation
- Collect protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers
Africa, the Middle East, India & South Asia
PepsiCo is also investing in Africa, the Middle East, India, and South Asia, which require a unique response due to booming populations and diverse, emerging economies. Efforts there are focused on meal distribution.
In Africa, the Middle East, India, and South Asia, PepsiCo is providing:
- More than 39 million meals in 15 countries through our “Millions of Meals” campaign
- Over 10 million meals and 25,000 COVID-19 testing kits in India in partnership with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the Smile Foundation, and SEEDS
- Food packs for 500,000 families in Egypt in partnership with the Egyptian Foodbank
- More than 3 million hot meals and food parcels to South African communities housed in temporary shelters
- $300,000 to Tkiyet Um Ali’s Hospital Programs in Jordan
- $200,000 in funding to the Red Cross and Rafic Hariri University Hospital in Lebanon to strengthen the country’s health system
Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand & China
In Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and China — PepsiCo supported healthcare workers and addressed hunger.
In Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and China, PepsiCo is providing:
- 7.6 million people in the Philippines with gift certificates for groceries and food packs
- $1.2 million in funding for protective gear for healthcare workers in China and South Korea with investments to The Hubei Red Cross Foundation and the China Women’s Development Foundation
- $300,000 to the Vietnam Youth Union to provide free meals to the most impacted people
- $200,000 to the Vietnam Young Physician Association to provide medical supplies for frontline hospitals in 5 locations across Vietnam
- $605,000 to Rask Thai Foundation in Thailand to deliver more than 1 million meals to vulnerable communities
- $550,000 to Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation’s Project Ugnayan that, with support from other companies, is working to deliver nutritious meals and assistance to 12.5 million people in the Manila metro area
- $330,000 to Foodbank Australia, which expects to deliver approximately 948,000 nutritious meals
- $200,000 to The Salvation Army Foodbank Project in New Zealand which aims to deliver 100,000 meals to those in need
- Over $93,500 for COVID-19 response to the Beautiful Foundation in South Korea to benefit 180 single mothers with emergency relief packages
Recent Community Work
We are a team of changemakers, propelled by local partners, informed by decades of experience, and driven by the passion to do more.
Inter-American Development Bank
We renewed our 14-year partnership with IDB with a five-year commitment to support economic recovery, sustainable agriculture, and water access across Latin America.Read more
Black Restaurant Accelerator Program
The PepsiCo Foundation provided a $10 million grant to fund the program, to give Black restaurateurs access to capital, training, mentorship and other support services.Read more
|2021 Global Citizenship Giving||(in millions)|
|Division Estimated In-Kind||85|
|2021 Foundation Disbursements||(in millions)|
|Safe Water Access||1|
|Other Community Investment||3|
|Matching Gifts & Employee Scholarships||9|
*Unfortunately, we are unable to accept or respond to unsolicited proposals for PepsiCo Foundation funding.
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