As COVID-19 continues to fundamentally change the way we live and work, we are playing our part in supporting those on the frontline and the most vulnerable in society.
Across the globe, and with the support of the PepsiCo Foundation, we are donating $45 million to bring food and other vital resources to those in need, including 50 million meals to at-risk populations. Here is a flavour of how we’re bringing smiles to those in the UK at this difficult time.
Support those on the frontline in our communities
Our supply chain and sales teams have done a phenomenal job of maintaining food supply and keeping shelves stacked throughout this time, but they couldn’t have done it without those who are keeping our communities running.
We have made product available for staff at our five manufacturing sites nationwide to donate to those working in frontline roles locally. Donations, accompanied by hand-written letters of thanks, have been taken to NHS sites, education staff, homeless shelters, Fire and Rescue Services, the Police and care homes.
We have introduced a new volunteering policy, giving all PepsiCo employees a day off to help out with local charities and relief efforts in their communities
Support those on the frontline in the NHS
This situation is testing the health service like never before and we’re doing our bit by helping to fuel the army of key workers in the NHS across the UK.
We have committed to providing more than 1mm free products from across our portfolio to more than 60 NHS sites across the UK, from Alder Hey and Royal London to Leicester General and Glasgow Royal. Products include Quaker and Tropicana breakfast packs, as well as Walkers snacks and Pepsi MAX.
Our support extends to the seven new Nightingale hospitals, as they come on-line – with free Pepsi MAX, 7UP, V Water and LifeWTR at each site.
Pepsi MAX donated their TV advert spots to NHS Charities Together in support of their CLAP campaign, to raise £5mm to help with NHS mental health and recovery, after Covid-19.
Providing meals to those most in need
Food banks, homeless shelters, breakfast clubs and community cafes are just some of the good causes across the country that we’re supporting through our partners.
Walkers has donated £1mm of support to the Trussell Trust, a combination of product and monetary donations that will help with the charities additional logistical requirements during this crisis. The Trust supports a network of food banks to help the most vulnerable in society.
We have extended our support to Magic Breakfast. We continue to supply Quaker porridge and Tropicana juice for children in deprive areas, but we’ve now managed to open up alternative distribution points through our customer-base, to help get food to children who are no longer in school.
Our ongoing support to FareShare has also grown, in response to the current situation. We’re supplementing our supply of product by delivering direct to their depots and providing monetary support to help with warehousing, vans and staff.
We have also matched staff donations to the our partner charities two-to-one.