In the bottling plant. In the delivery truck. And in the grocery store. Our companies and their dedicated employees are here for you. In these uncertain and extraordinary times, our essential workers - along with those across the food, beverage and retail industry - are working every day so that Americans have access to what's essential.
America's beverage companies are working closely and tirelessly with their partners in the food supply chain to make sure food, beverages and other goods make it onto stores shelves and into Americans' homes without disruption. And as American companies, making American products, in America's hometowns, our commitment to serving our communities is unwavering and more critical than ever.
Be assured, as we do our work, we will continue to follow the guidance of all government and public health officials at the federal, state and local levels. Learn more about the steps we're taking to deliver for our communities, including beyond the products we make.
Dr. Olajide Williams, a neurologist and medical professor at Columbia University, was paying close attention to the news reports in March about a flu-like virus infecting people in China's Wuhan province. As president of Hip Hop Public Health in New York, Williams' group had for years been teaching positive health behavior through the power of hip hop music. He felt the virus could be a life-changing event globally and that hip-hop artists could quickly educate young people on how to avoid infection.
Millions of Americans are still out of work, many because of restrictions put in place months ago in response to COVID-19. Families have had to cut back to make their money go further and that includes what they can spend on groceries. The people who work in grocery stories in cities and towns across America see this day in and day out, and in the Southeast part of the country they came together to do something about it.
Across the country, Americans are stepping up in so many remarkable ways to help their neighbors and communities. Our companies and employees are answering the call with them. From partnering with local suppliers to help manufacture life-saving plastic surgical shields for healthcare workers, to providing critical financial support to food banks and restaurants, to donating supplies to local hospitals – the quick and innovative action by our members is felt nationwide. Learn more about how we're working to deliver and support our neighbors during these challenging times.
Food insecurity impacts all people, but diverse communities have been disproportionately impacted. From COVID-19 to social injustice, the concern of not knowing where or when the next meal will come from is another plight on their lives. Coca-Cola is donating $1 million dollars to World Central Kitchen to help bring meals to communities around the globe.
Roughly 30 million U.S. households have a Keurig brewer, but in the age of coronavirus, plenty of hospitals - from Boston to Seattle - do as well. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. has donated coffee stations with brewers and K-Cup coffee pods to thousands of hospital break rooms across the country in an effort to help the health care sector battle the pandemic.
New Program Provides Support to the National Urban League, UnidosUS and Local Nonprofits Nationwide to Help Address Rates of Infection, Joblessness and the Dearth of Vital Resources Needed in Black and Latino U.S. Communities Disproportionately Afflicted by COVID-19.
Our members have been active in their communities ensuring the safety of their employees and the health of those they serve. Learn about the ways our partners are making headlines in their work to support those in need.
While many Americans have been staying at home, essential first responders have continued to show up for work every day to serve their communities. In Tuscaloosa, Alex felt compelled to thank them - in a big way. So he came up with the idea to place "thank you" messages on the typically bare truck backs that have continued to deliver beverages. The messages were printed and applied to his employer's trucks, as well as many other company divisions throughout the southeast. Alex - Thank you and your team for being Hometown Heroes!
Coke Northeast President Mark Francoeur had the opportunity to work in the trade with associates from Coca-Cola Cape Cod. Thank you to all of our front line associates that continue to keep others safe and hydrated! https://t.co/cDrLIUymcO
Our top priority during these challenging times is the health of the communities we serve across America. That is why we continue to follow the guidance of federal health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as it relates to the production and delivery of the wide range of beverages our members make, and the well-being of our employees, consumers and customers. As for packaged food and beverages sold in stores, there is currently no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19, according to CDC and FDA. Below are some helpful resources and guidance from federal public health agencies.
ABA Members can check out our Member Resources page for tips and information regarding the coronavirus response. Below are a few helpful links from our partners as we work together to confront the everchanging landscape due to COVID-19.