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PepsiCo Is Serving 1 Million Meals to Hurricane Victims. Here’s How They Made It Happen

by Beatriz Terrazas

A Salvation Army truck pulled into the mobile home park at 520 Gulf Bank Rd. in Houston on the Wednesday after Labor Day. Situated in the Halls Bayou watershed, this community was hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. The water had receded, but cleanup was just beginning. The streets were lined with piles of debris residents had pulled from water-damaged homes: sodden carpeting, warped headboards, water-logged mattresses, the odd couch, and plastic bags bulging with trash.

Wearing Hairnets and Big Grins, These Wisconsin Residents Are Packing Meals for Hurricane Harvey Victims

By Beatriz Terrazas

When PepsiCo decided to provide one million meals to people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas, company leaders knew it would require many partners coming together — the PepsiCo Foundation, Food for Good, Frito-Lay, and multiple relief organizations. 

But key to the effort would also be the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI), an organization founded in 1938 whose mission is “to assist individuals and families with special needs to better live and work in the community.” 

PepsiCo Provides Hurricane Harvey Relief - 1 Million Meals

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To provide continuing relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey, PepsiCo and Food for Good are working closely with affected communities and local partners like the Salvation Army to provide 1 million meals.

PepsiCo’s Food for Good Program Drives Company Innovation

How the purpose-driving business initiative has helped achieve company goals.

Eight years ago PepsiCo piloted a different approach to social good with a purpose-driven business initiative called Food for Good (FFG). FFG generates no profit for the company, but uniquely takes advantage of the logistical expertise and technological knowledge of PepsiCo.

PepsiCo Exclusive: The ‘Food for Good’ Initiative

New Food speaks exclusively to PepsiCo on their ‘Food for Good’ initiative and the future potential it holds to change child nutrition for the better.

1. For the benefit of our readers, could you briefly explain the history and thinking behind the ‘Food for Good’ initiative?

Food for Good: Serving Up Nutritious Meals Across the Country


Food for Good was founded in 2009 by a group of PepsiCo employees who wanted to make a positive impact on childhood hunger. Fueled by the company’s vision of Performance with Purpose, the program has grown from a summer meal plan in Dallas, Texas, to a year-round service offering healthy, pre-packed meals to underserved children in 14 U.S. cities—and counting.

SDG #2: Young Entrepreneurs are Key to Feeding the World

by Matthew Smith, Director of Food for Good, a purpose-driven business initiative of PepsiCo

Building a stronger and more equitable food system requires the fresh thinking, talents, and skills of our youth. We have the potential to feed everyone, including the millions of people globally who are most vulnerable to hunger and its serious consequences.

PepsiCo’s Groundbreaking ‘Food for Good’ Program to Provide Millions of Servings to Low-Income Children This Year

Food for Good program expands to a total of eight cities.

Through its “Food for Good” initiative, PepsiCo expects to deliver over 5 million healthy servings to low-income kids this year. The 2014 summer push kicked off on June 9 serving over 25,000 meals across the country on the first day.

The need for this program is urgent—and growing.

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