The initiative is the latest step towards the company and the Foundation’s goal of advancing global food security through its Food for Good program.
Building on its investments, three new efforts aim to inspire communities to take action
BUY, NY, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the growing food crisis, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, announced an expansion of their holistic efforts to advance food security. Through its global Food for Good initiatives, the Foundation is stepping up its efforts to increase equitable access to nutritious food by increasing its own investments and offering three new ways to engage people in the fight against hunger.
Today, 345 million people around the world face severe starvation. This number is expected to increase as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and global conflicts continue to ravage our global food system.
Joining forces to tackle the hunger crisis, today and tomorrow
Building on more than a decade of partnering with communities to advance food security through collaboration, PepsiCo Food for Good has engaged more than $35 million since 2021 only to increase access to nutritious food and increase the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers. This year, it is directing investments towards interventions that have been shown to create long-term solutions while continuing to address immediate hunger needs.
Increase the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers with global partners, including the World Food Program UNITED STATES in support of the United Nations (UN) World Food Program and CARE, as well as leading local organizations, Food for Good focuses on the economic empowerment of women through regenerative agriculture. To avert the food crisis, it mobilizes multiple initiatives in communities where there is great vulnerability within Africa, Middle East, Latin Americaand Asia. Through these efforts, it aims to support 3.5 million farmers and their families between 2022 and 2024.
Increase access to nutritious foodFood for Good provides students with increased access to the nutrition needed to learn and grow in several countries, including the United States and through the Pioneer School Breakfast Nutrition program in South Africa while ensuring that the most vulnerable can access food in dignity through interventions against malnutrition in Mexico and Guatemala.
Additionally, PepsiCo invites businesses, organizations and community members to take action against world hunger.
“As one of the world’s largest convenient food companies, PepsiCo plays a vital role in leveraging our resources and capabilities to create and inspire local impact on hunger,” said CD Glin, vice chairman of the PepsiCo Foundation and global head of philanthropy, PepsiCo. . “We are heeding the call to address escalating global food insecurity and plan to continue our significant investments. But to have a meaningful impact, everyone who has a role to play in our global food systems must do so. part of the solution to tackle the immediate need and to work on approaches to prevent us from landing in this place of crisis again.”
Invite people to be part of the solution
PepsiCo Food for Good is launching three ways for people to learn more about the worsening state of global food insecurity and be part of the solution:
Bringing together some of the brightest minds in food safety, a new podcast Journey to Zero Hunger, explores real-world lessons and possible solutions to the global hunger crisis. Guests include food safety luminaries including Ertharin Cousin, former executive director of the United Nations World Food Program and CEO of Food Systems for the Future; Carine PetitExecutive Director, Shamba Center for food and climate; and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, as well as cultural stakeholders including Lauren Bush LaurenFounder of FEED; Kyle Rudolph, NFL tight end and GENYOUth board member; and Chief JJ Johnson, James Beard laureate and presenter of just eat.
A new Food for Good Changemaker Video Series showcases different ways community leaders around the world are tackling hunger to build resilience in their own backyards. These stories reveal the underlying drivers of food insecurity and highlight the heroic actions ordinary people are taking. For instance, Molly Birungifarmer and mother of three Uganda, has empowered his village to adopt new farming and marketing practices. She also encouraged other farmers in her village to adopt new cutting-edge farming technologies, which resulted in an increase in crop yields of more than 13% and an increase in participants’ average gross household income of more than 60%. %.
Food for Good partners with an impact-driven brand, TO FEEDto introduce a limited edition tote bag. Each purchase will provide 10 nutritious meals to children around the world through No Kid Hungry, the United Nations World Food Program and the Akshaya Patra Foundation.
To learn more, listen to the podcast, watch the videos and purchase the bag, visit Join FoodforGood.com.
“The fight against hunger is a problem that knows no borders. In recent years, we have seen an already overwhelming global problem get worse. People often don’t know where to start or how to make a difference. , which was my inspiration to found FEED in 2007,” said Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder of FEED. “That’s why our collaboration with PepsiCo Food for Good is so important. We invite consumers to join us in the fight to end child hunger in a tangible way, by buying and carrying a tote -everything that gives back and allows them to be ambassadors of the cause when they carry it. »
This work is part of the company’s end-to-end pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) strategic transformation to inspire positive change for the planet and people. PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation also participate in the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge, which aims to invest $100 million in positive agriculture and food security initiatives by 2030 to help minimize waste and ensure a more resilient food supply.
In response to the growing hunger crisis, PepsiCo and the Foundation announced in 2021 the expansion of Food for Good to 28 countries around the world with the goal of providing access to nutritious food for 50 million people by 2030. (compared to 2021). Through Food for Good, PepsiCo has delivered more than 245 million meals since 2009, reached 41 million people worldwide since 2016, and partnered with more than 60 nonprofit organizations in 28 countries to ensure that the company implements local solutions that address unique challenges. of each community.
About the PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, invests in the essentials of a sustainable food system with a mission to support thriving communities. Working with nonprofits and experts around the world, we strive to help communities access food security, clean water, and economic opportunity. We strive to have a tangible impact in the places where we live and work, collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations and our employees to bring about large-scale change on the issues that matter to us and which are of global importance. Learn more at https://www.pepsico.com/our-impact/philanthropy/pepsico-foundation.
About FEED projects
FEED is an impact-driven lifestyle brand founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, making products that help feed the world’s children. Across a variety of categories, from bags to jewelry to homewares, the sale of every FEED product provides direct meal donations to children in need around the world. Through partners on the ground, FEED has helped provide more than 125 million meals to date since 2007. To learn more and shop, visit www.feedprojects.com.
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