2.5lakh meals to the underserved families

PepsiCo India, along with the global food and beverage company’s philanthropic arm, the PepsiCo Foundation, in partnership with Smile Foundation today launched its #GiveMealsGiveHope global program in Guwahati, Assam.  The initiative was flagged off today by Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister of Guwahati Development Department, Law & Justice, Cooperation, Government of Assam. The program will provide for over 2.5 lakh meals to the underprivileged communities which have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Guwahati, Assam. The key locations in which the program will be launched include Noonmati, Lokhra, Chandrapur Bagicha and Goalpara.

Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister of Guwahati Development Department, Law & Justice, Cooperation, Government of Assam said, “We are amidst unfortunate times which are a first of its kind and it’s in times like these that that the Government, private sector and individuals need to come together to fight the outbreak of COVID-19. It is also important to ensure that the marginalised societies are catered to in these troubling times. We would like to thank PepsiCo India for stepping up and volunteering to help the underprivileged communities in Assam. We hope after looking at such initiatives, many other corporates will feel encouraged to help. I am sure that Assam will come victorious against the pandemic.”

Ahmed ElSheikh, President, PepsiCo India, said, “India, like the rest of the world is going through challenging times. In Assam, spearheaded by the State’s Health Ministry, the Government has done a commendable work to launch many initiatives to curtail COVID-19 outbreak. Contributing to the Government’s efforts, we are reaching out to the underserved families in Assam to help them with meals. We would like to thank the Hon’ble Law and Justice Minister for taking out time to flag off this initiative in the State. We are in this together and will continue to do our best to serve the nation in these challenging times.”

Santanu Mishra, co-founder and trustee, Smile Foundation said, “We are happy to partner with PepsiCo India for a meal distribution programme in Assam. Through this initiative, we will distribute food kits to support a five- member family for at least one month. We are glad that this partnership has helped us carry out relief work in some of the most vulnerable sections of the society across the nation.”

Under the #GiveMealsGiveHope global program PepsiCo has committed to distribute over 10 million meals to communities most impacted by COVID-19 outbreak in India. These meals are being distributed in partnership with Akshaya Patra Foundation, Smile Foundation & CII Foundation, across the country.

PepsiCo India: PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest MNC food and beverage businesses in India. PepsiCo India’s diverse portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade and Quaker.

 Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. The company has been Water Positive since then. For more information, please visit www.pepsicoindia.co.in

PepsiCo Foundation: Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, invests in the essential elements of a sustainable food system with a mission to support thriving communities. Working with non-profits and experts around the globe, we’re focused on helping alleviate hunger, managing water and waste responsibly and supporting women as champions of nutrition from farm to family. We strive for tangible impact in the places where we live and work—collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations, and our employees to affect large-scale change on the issues that matter to us and are of global importance. Learn more at www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.

Smile Foundation: Smile Foundation is a national level development organization reaching out to more than 600,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through more than 250 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.

Website – www.smilefoundationindia.org

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