PHOENIX, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight hundred Phoenix families in need will receive enough food to supplement meals for a week plus daily essentials, thanks to a partnership between PepsiCo and Feed the Children. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at Pilgrims Rest, 1401 East Jefferson St., Phoenix.
Today's distribution event is part of a larger initiative between the two organizations to help feed communities in cities throughout the United States and is the fourth annual event PepsiCo and Feed the Children have hosted in the Phoenix community, where more than 19 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. As the holiday season approaches, this event will allow families to reallocate their limited resources, rather than worry about where their next meals are coming from.
The receiving families have been identified and preselected by Pilgrims Rest, a local nonprofit organization.
"We believe no child should go to bed hungry in a land where there is plenty of food," said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children Interim CEO/President and COO. "But the reality is, millions of boys and girls, right here in our own backyard, face this hardship every day. Thanks to our generous partners, PepsiCo and Pilgrim's Rest today we are able to help these families rest a little easier."
Each qualifying recipient family will be given:
- One 25-pound box of nonperishable food items
- One 15-pound box of personal-care items
- One box of AVON products
- Disney books
- Frito-Lay snacks
- PepsiCo beverages
- Life Original Cereal
- Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
- Quaker Standard Oats
"We love being part of the Phoenix community and are grateful for the opportunity to not only donate, but also meet these families, volunteer and spend a day giving back," said Nick Burge, zone sales director, Phoenix zone, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division. "We are passionate about being involved with our community and taking initiatives that make a positive difference in places where we live and work."
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, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and is rated by 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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