CHICAGO, Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo and Feed the Children are uniting today to provide eight hundred families in need with enough food and essentials to supplement meals for a week. This will allow 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 St. Sabina Church, 1210 W. 78th Place, Chicago, IL.
This is the sixth year PepsiCo and Feed the Children have partnered to help feed families in the Chicago area, where more than 25 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. This distribution event is part of a larger initiative between the two organizations to help feed communities in cities throughout the United States. The receiving families have been identified and preselected by St. Sabina Church.
"We're excited to partner with Feed the Children, Jewel Osco and St. Sabina Church helping our friends and neighbors in the Chicago community," said Ashley Kelly, sr. zone sales supervisor, Heartland sales, Chicago zone, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division. "Frito-Lay and PepsiCo are committed to giving back to our communities where we live and work, and providing enough food to supplement meals for a week is a small way we can help make a difference."
Each pre-identified recipient at today's event will be given:
- One 25-pound box of nonperishable food items
- One 15-pound box of personal-care items
- One box of assorted AVON products
- One 20-count bag of Frito-Lay snacks
- PepsiCo beverages
- Life Original Cereal
- Quaker Standard Oats
- Chewy Granola Bars
- Tropicana Orange Juice
- Fresh produce and shelf-stable foods from Jewel Osco
Volunteers from PepsiCo, Jewel Osco and Feed the Children will be onsite serving families and assisting with distribution during today's event.
"Feed the Children is proud to partner with PepsiCo," said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children President and CEO. "We know that when we combine our efforts we will have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most—right here in America."
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat 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 response. Domestically, it operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).
In fiscal year 2016, through its domestic and international programs, Feed the Children distributed 105 million pounds of food and essentials worldwide with a total value of $415 million, working with partner agencies to benefit 5.9 million people globally. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
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 approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, 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.
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