Over decades of working with local partners and investing to make a difference through The PepsiCo Foundation, we’ve seen the incredible potential of communities.
As we strive to become a Better company, we are helping nurture that potential all around the world by leading the way toward a more sustainable food system, from investing in sustained nutrition, to promoting safe water access, effective waste management, and women’s empowerment.
As COVID-19 reduces access to food and other essential goods for communities around the world, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation have invested more than $71 million globally and worked with over 250 partners to bring food and other vital resources to the most affected communities. As part of this effort, the company is providing funding for protective gear for healthcare workers, testing and screening services, and is in the process of distributing more than 145 million nutritious meals to at-risk populations.
Globally, PepsiCo has committed $7 million to the UN Foundation as part of the “One World: Together At Home” campaign. Of these funds, $2 million is going to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and a total of $5 million is being distributed to the following charitable organizations responding to COVID-19 Egyptian Foodbank, the Netherlands Foodbank, the Belgium Foodbank, the Belgium Red Cross, the Netherlands Foodbank, the Netherlands Red Cross, Les Restos Du Coeur, Secours Populaire Francais, ANDES, 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 Westchester and Putnam in New York.
Additionally, in April and May of 2020, The PepsiCo Foundation offered a two-to-one matching program for all employee charitable contributions to select nonprofits providing COVID-19 relief globally, contributing up to $1 million in support to nonprofits chosen by employees.
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In North America, which has the most recorded cases of COVID-19 in the world, PepsiCo’s efforts are primarily 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
In Europe and Central Asia, where entire countries are on lock-down and hospitals are over capacity, PepsiCo is concentrating its response on particularly hard-hit countries. Efforts are focused on bolstering the capacity of local health and relief systems, giving:
- $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
- $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
- $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
- $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
To help Latin America respond to COVID-19, PepsiCo is helping strengthen local food bank capabilities and increasing access to nutrition and other resources for vulnerable children, 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
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, 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
In Asia Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, and China, areas that have been living with the devastating effects of COVID-19 longer than any part of the world, PepsiCo is supporting healthcare workers and addressing hunger, 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
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, we are taking proactive steps grounded in science to protect the safety of our products, care for our more than 260,000 associates, their families and support our communities around the world.
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Our Focus Areas
At The PepsiCo Foundation—our company’s philanthropic arm—we believe that thriving communities can change the world. That’s why our Foundation has been investing in social impact since 1962, focusing on supporting the essential elements of a sustainable food system—helping to alleviate hunger, manage water and waste responsibly and support women to drive economic growth and food security.
Our Foundation is a key driver of progress against PepsiCo’s sustainability agenda which aims build a more sustainable food system. Through strategic partnerships and programs globally, our Foundation seeks to tackle the long-term challenges facing the global food system and do the most good for the most people. We strive for tangible impact in the places where we live and work—collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations and our employees to affect large-scale change in the spaces that matter to us and on issues of global importance.
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Nutrition is part of the foundation of a more sustainable food system. With proper nourishment, communities flourish: children are better educated, economies grow, communities thrive and people live healthier, better lives.
Global Nutrition Challenge Informing Our Approach:
Around the world, 135 million people experience acute food insecurity, a number that the World Food Programme estimates could double to 265 million by the end of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Additionally, pandemic-related school closures have left 1.71 billion children globally out of school at their peak, which is exacerbating food insecurity for students and families who rely on schools as a vital source of nutrition. In the U.S. alone, approximately 22 million students every day receive low-cost or free meals via the National School Lunch program.
Our Foundation's Role:
Collaborating with nonprofits, local partners, and industry allies, we are helping address pervasive 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. In 2019 alone, we delivered more than 19 million meals through our partnerships. Since 2016, our Foundation’s programs and partners have distributed over 72 million meals. And given that food and water are among the resources most vital for community recovery following natural disasters, we have donated more than 1.7 million meals 2013-2019 as part of our global disaster relief efforts.
In response to hunger challenges exacerbated by COVID-19, we are working with more than 60 partners, including Feeding America, United States Department of Agriculture, The Global FoodBanking Network and local nonprofits around the world, to distribute more than 108 million nutritious meals to at-risk populations, among other vital support and resources.
Key Impact Partners:
Food for Good: Launched more than decade ago by a group of enterprising PepsiCo employees, Food for Good works with hunger-fighting organizations and food banks to tackle childhood hunger. Food for Good currently operates in 20 U.S. communities and has delivered more than 40 million nutritious meals to children and families since 2009.
During the COVID crisis, Food for Good, with its partners, has delivered more than 10 million nutritious meals across the U.S. and has been a major part of an innovative effort to reach students in rural areas through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Baylor Collaborative on Poverty & Hunger.
China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation: Founded in 1989, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation is a non-governmental charitable organization registered with Ministry of Civil Affairs in China. In 2011, CFPA was granted for UN ESCOSOC Special Consultative Status. In 2015, we launched “Nutrition In Action,” a joint program with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) to provide nutritious meals to underserved students in schools to support their nutritional and health status improvement in poverty-stricken areas of west China. Through EOY 2019, this collaboration has provided more than 1.6 million nutritious meals and education courses to more than 13,000 rural students in Zhaotong of Yunnan province and Congjiang of Guizhou Province.
Rise Against Hunger (RAH): Much of the Foundation's impact is enabled by PepsiCo employees' direct participation in our programs and with nonprofit partners, including the distribution of nutritious meals. In late 2019, 3,000 of PepsiCo employees around the world helped pack and distribute 1.1 million nutritious meals with nonprofit Rise Against Hunger, which went to schools, hospitals and local clinics in the Dominican Republic and communities in India and Africa. The meals included enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and 20 essential vitamins and nutrients to provide a comprehensive array of micronutrients.
The Global FoodBanking Network: To provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic, we invested $1.5 million with the Global Foodbanking Network to help food banks in 12 countries in Latin America safely expand operations. Additionally, our longstanding partnership has invested in training and equipment to help food banks increase their reach and impact—and in 2018, we delivered 20.5 million meals of fresh food to communities in nine countries.
GENYOUth: Through 2019, The PepsiCo Foundation and GENYOUth have funded 112 “grab-n-go” breakfast carts at schools across the U.S., providing 11 million meals and reaching more than 60,000 students. We are also a proud founding sponsor of GENYOUth’s Fuel Up to Play 60 en Espanol, a program that reaches approximately 9 million Hispanic youth with information and opportunities to help them make healthy eating and physical activity choices.
Clean water is fundamental to human dignity, health, and economic prosperity. It is also essential to building a more sustainable food system.
Global Water Challenge Informing Our Approach:
3 billion people do not have soap and water at home for basic hygiene. Students miss 443 million school days every year because of water-related illnesses. And two in five healthcare facilities globally do not 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 now than ever.
Safe water access is also critical for women and girls, who collect the majority of water for their families and communities. Women and girls spend 200 million hours every day collecting water, and access to safe water reduces the distance they have to walk to collect water, providing them with more time to spend with their families, on leisure and in employment.
Our Foundation's Role:
We focus our support on water distribution, purification and conservation programs where we can serve as a founding partner or early investor. Between 2006-2019, we’ve helped more than 44 million people globally gain access to safe water through our partnerships with leading non-government organizations (NGOs) and development agencies. And now we have an ambitious new target to reach 100 million people with safe water access by 2030 and we will focus our near-term work on water distribution, sanitation and hygiene programs to bolster public health in the wake of COVID-19.
Key Impact Partners:
WaterAid: Together, we have increased the availability of clean water at 18 schools in the states of Nelamangala and Palakkad in India and have started another program in Maharashtra and West Bengal in India to provide access to water to farmers and their families.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): With our support, IDB installed water pumps and pipes for hard-to-reach rural communities in Latin America, helping more than 778,000 people in Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras gain access to water and sanitation services.
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 Water 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 convenient, affordable and reliable access to safe water and has helped over 1.5 million people since the partnership began in 2008.
Water.org: Responsible for proving and scaling WaterCredit in India, our partnership has empowered more than 10 million people with safe water and/or sanitation since 2008, and helped to create sustainable and innovative models that accelerated the provision of safe water and/or sanitation, not only in India but throughout the developing world.
Addressing the growing plastic waste crisis is critical to protect our communities and marine environments and to create a more sustainable food system in the long term.
Global Waste Challenge Informing Our Approach:
More than half of the plastics ever produced have been made in the past 16 years, and of those produced each year, only 5 percent are effectively recycled for future use. By 2050, there is expected to be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills and more plastic in our oceans than fish—and COVID-19 has increased the consumption of single-use plastics and impacted recycling efforts.
Our Foundation's Role:
As part of PepsiCo’s Sustainable Plastics Vision to build a world where plastics need never become waste, we invest in programs that support the creation of a circular economy, focusing on scalable solutions that enhance recycling infrastructure and education. From July 2018-July 2019, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation committed $51 million to combat plastic waste. Between 2016-2019 we have helped recycle and recover 1 million short tons of materials.
Key Impact Partners
The Recycling Partnership: Together, we’re leading All In On Recycling, the largest-ever, industry-led residential recycling challenge in the U.S. In a little more than a year, we raised $25 million for investments in infrastructure and education, and the efforts to help Americans recycle more and recycle better will reach more than 20 million households in 2020.
World Economic Forum & Global Plastics Action Partnership (GPAP): We are a founding member of GPAP, which is helping fast track solutions in coastal countries battling plastic waste.
New Plastics Economy: Through Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy, PepsiCo is collaborating with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other companies to build momentum towards a global circular economy for plastics system that works.
Circulate Capital: We provided $15 million as the first investor to the now $100+ million fund, which is investing in innovation, companies and infrastructure to prevent the flow of plastics into the world’s oceans.
The TerraCycle Global Foundation: Created in partnership with The PepsiCo Foundation, this public charity is dedicated to dramatically reducing the volume of marine debris and plastic waste found in the world’s waterways. Additionally, we helped fund the TerraCycle Thai Foundation, which was established as a locally registered independent non-profit entity to help address the issue of ocean plastic pollution in Thailand.
Women play a central role in feeding the world. And when a woman has the time and opportunities to learn, her children are better fed, healthier, and more likely to be educated themselves—sparking a virtuous cycle that is essential to building a more sustainable food system.
Global Challenge For Women Informing Our Approach:
Women’s work in agriculture—essential to meet the nutrition needs of a growing global population—is often unpaid and undervalued. Research shows that if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20–30 percent, potentially reducing the number of hungry people in the world by up to 150 million.
We believe in the power of women to lift up their families and their communities, which is why we’re supporting programs that provide women with the knowledge and tools they need for economic advancement—especially in the farming and food industries. Our investments are focused on supporting PepsiCo's goal to provide 12.5 million women and girls around the world with essential resources for workforce readiness and in programs that empower women in the food system and farming. Between 2016-2019 we have served 16.4 million women and girls with workforce readiness tools and essential support services. In 2019 alone, our programs and partnerships benefitted over 5 million women.
CARE: We are the largest private sector partner in CARE’s She Feeds the World program, which is addressing gender inequality in the agriculture sector. 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. The program is active in Peru, Egypt and Uganda. In Uganda where our partnership with CARE first launched, we’ve already reached nearly 200,000 people with trainings that tackle issues like gender inclusive leadership, sustainable farming and sanitary food preparation.
Robin Hood: With $4 million in support to New York’s largest poverty fighting organization, we are helping women and girls in New York City on the path to high-quality education and good jobs. Our partnership supports local organizations that provide coding, computer science and construction skills training and culinary education.
Win: A long-time partner, we’ve invested more than a million dollars to support the New York City-based organization’s Income Building Program. Most recently, we funded a job resource center at Win’s Bronx shelter with new computers, job specialists and a dedicated space where residents can focus on finding employment.
International Youth Foundation: We’re opening doors for young people with our $2.5 million investment in the International Youth Foundation’s Passport to Success® Traveler program, an online, mobile-friendly digital skills training course designed to teach life skills and help young women succeed in the workplace. The free curriculum is available online in multiple languages.
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. With these partners and others, we are working to support thriving communities with sustained nutrition, safe water, effective waste management and women resourced to succeed.
In addition to the millions of meals we’ve provided as COVID-19 relief, we’ve also provided tens of thousands of COVID-19 tests across India and the United States and distributed vital PPE to medical professionals and provided financial support for hospitals in 10 countries around the world – work that represents a $71 million commitment across PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation to help communities in this time of crisis.
Together with the Hatchery, a nonprofit food and beverage incubator that serves the greater Chicago area, we’re supporting local, women-run food and beverage businesses to help more than 400 female entrepreneurs on the South and West Sides of Chicago.
In Vietnam, we launched a two-year program to train young environmental leaders to collect and recycle plastic waste and teach others in their communities to do the same to combat the country’s outsize plastic waste problem.
In response to devastating increases in hunger brought about by COVID-19, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation delivered more than 145 million meals in 2020 – and in the U.S., these efforts were driven by our signature nutrition program, Food for Good, which delivered more than 18 million meals to children and families in need around the country.
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 – fostering social and economic growth across Latin America and the Caribbean.Learn More
The PepsiCo Foundation is providing a $10 million grant to fund the program, which will provide current and aspiring Black restaurateurs with access to capital, training, mentorship and other support services that are necessary for business success.
Two PepsiCo associates share thoughts on COVID-19’s impact on Black communities.
|2020 Global Citizenship Giving||(in Millions)|
|Division Estimated In-Kind^||81|
*PepsiCo Foundation includes $50 million in COVID-19 support
^Division contributions and estimated in-kind includes $21 million in COVID-19 support
|2020 Foundation Disbursements||(in Millions)|
|Diversity and Engagement||4|
|Community Investment & Sponsorships||2|
|Matching Gifts and Employee Scholarships||9|
*Disaster Relief includes $50 million in COVID-19 support
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