DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo and Feed the Children are uniting today to provide 1,200 families in need with a week's supply of food and essentials, allowing recipients to focus on back-to-school preparations rather than worrying about where they'll get their next meal. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre Road, Detroit.
Each qualifying recipient, identified and preselected by Second Ebenezer Church, will be given:
- one 25-pound box of nonperishable food items
- one 10-pound box of personal-care items
- one box of AVON products
- An assortment of Frito-Lay snacks
- Life Original Cereal
- Quaker Standard Oatmeal
- Quaker Breakfast Flats
- Fresh produce provided by Walmart, Sam's Club and Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers
"We're proud to be a part of the Detroit community and are always eager to give back to our neighbors," said Rachel Hibbs, senior sales director, Detroit metro market, PepsiCo's Frito Lay division. "This is a small way we can lighten families' loads and help give students a successful start to the school year."
This is the seventh annual event PepsiCo and Feed the Children have hosted in the Detroit community, where nearly 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Similar events will be hosted in other major U.S. cities throughout the remainder of the year.
"Because of the generosity of PepsiCo and Second Ebenezer Church, Feed the Children is able to aid families who need us most," said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children President and CEO. "Together we can provide assistance to the resilient residents of Detroit."
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to end child hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education, essentials and disaster relief. Domestically, it operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).
In fiscal year 2015, Feed the Children distributed 107 million pounds of food and essentials valued at $302 million to people in the U.S., and internationally, it sponsored nearly 24,500 children, addressing the root causes of poverty through child sponsorship and school sponsorship. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance as well as maintains a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com/.
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