PURCHASE, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, PepsiCo employees across the United States will take part in PepsiCo Feeds America, a national day of service led by Mosaic, PepsiCo's African-American employee resource group. More than 1,300 employees at over 35 Feeding America network food banks will join together in action and spirit to raise awareness of the critical issue of hunger.
Volunteers will prepare care packages to help Feeding America provide food for thousands of individuals and families in need. In conjunction with PepsiCo Feeds America, over 250,000 pounds of food and beverage donations have been allocated to Feeding America network food banks, including PepsiCo products like Quaker Oatmeal, Frito-Lay snacks and Aquafina water. In just one day, PepsiCo employees will log 6,000 hours of combined community service.
"Feeding America, and our network of food banks, is thankful to PepsiCo not only as a generous donor, but especially for showing tremendous leadership in volunteerism," said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America. "Over the years, PepsiCo employees have given their time and talent to help the nearly 49 million Americans facing hunger. By sharing their time, talent and strength with those most in need, PepsiCo employees demonstrate how each individual can make a difference in their community. For this, we are truly grateful."
"PepsiCo is proud to support the efforts of Feeding America. They do incredibly important work in communities all across the country and play a vital role in the lives of millions of Americans," said Greg Willis, vice president and general manager of PepsiCo Sales and chairman of community projects for Mosaic. "PepsiCo employees display incredible passion for serving their local communities and this national day of service is a great opportunity to apply their passion in ways that will help our neighbors in need."
PepsiCo is a longtime supporter of Feeding America. In the last six years, the company has donated nearly 400 million pounds of PepsiCo food and beverage products to Feeding America's network of food banks to help feed those struggling with hunger across the country.
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses -- Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola -- also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, 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 for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment, including by conserving energy and water usage, 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.