When Winter Storm Uri hit the U.S. a few weeks ago, millions were left without working utilities in sub-freezing temperatures. In Texas, roads were impassable, power grids went out and water main and pipe leaks left many without running water. America’s beverage companies swung into action to help neighbors in this time of need.
The Coca-Cola Company worked with their bottling partners Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED to donate more than 67,200 cases of water and other beverages to affected communities. The beverages were delivered to hospitals, warming centers and city/county governments across Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Coca-Cola Foundation also provided the American Red Cross with a grant to help people get shelter, food and health services in hardest-hit areas along the storm’s path.
PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation teamed up with The Salvation Army to deliver approximately 200,000 meals to Texas residents. PepsiCo Beverages North America also donated more than 70,000 bottles of water to local community organizations including the Houston Public Works Department and warming centers in Dallas. As storm relief efforts and repairs continue, The PepsiCo Foundation is also donating funds to Dallas-area nonprofits that offer community services such groceries, personal hygiene items, emergency financial assistance, legal services, homeless prevention services and health care access.
When times are tough, neighbors count on neighbors for help. That’s how we all get through an emergency like this. Visit www.HereForYou.us to learn more about people helping each other through the pandemic.