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PepsiCo India commits over 5 million meals and 25,000 COVID-19 testing kits

  06-04-2020
  • Partners with Akshaya Patra Foundation and Smile Foundation to provide meals to millions of underprivileged families across India as part of its #GiveMealsGiveHope global programme.
  • Partners with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) to provide COVID-19 diagnostics kits to support the Government of India’s efforts around scaling up access to COVID-19 testing 
New Delhi, 6th April 2020: In support of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to the Nation to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, PepsiCo India along with PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, has committed to provide over 5 million meals to support families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This initiative is part of PepsiCo’s #GiveMealsGiveHope global programme. The company is also extending support to the healthcare and diagnostic facilities, supplementing their efforts to combat the pandemic by providing 25,000 COVID-19 testing kits

PepsiCo India has partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to provide cooked meals to the underserved communities, through their centralized kitchens where they are partnering closely with the local authorities for distribution of meals. PepsiCo India has also partnered with Smile Foundation to provide dry food rations to support meals for over 8,000 vulnerable families adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  

PepsiCo India has partnered with Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), to provide 25,000 COVID-19 testing kits. FIND, a non-profit organization, is World Health Organization’s (WHO) collaborating centre for laboratory strengthening and diagnostic technology evaluation. It works closely with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. These testing kits will be deployed across public and private healthcare laboratories identified by the Indian Government to scale up access to COVID-19 testing.

Ahmed ElSheikh, President, PepsiCo India, said, “India, like the rest of the world, is facing an unprecedented challenge. We at PepsiCo India are fully committed to supporting the nation in its fight against COVID-19. Providing meals to the economically weaker sections and testing kits to the diagnostic units are critical requirements at this stage. PepsiCo India will be activating its NGO partners - Akshaya Patra Foundation, Smile Foundation and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), to provide over 5 million meals and 25,000 COVID-19 testing kits across the country.”

He further added that, PepsiCo India stands committed to lending its full support to both the Central and State Governments in their fight to collectively overcome the global health challenge. 

To further mobilize funds, PepsiCo India has launched a double matching gifts programme which involves its employees also lending their support to communities that are impacted by COVID-19. As part of the programme PepsiCo Foundation will match all employee donations by two-fold and give the total accumulated fund to the NGO partners working with the company. 

PepsiCo globally has announced its commitment to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The major focus of this global effort includes providing protective gear to healthcare workers, testing and screening services as well as providing 50 million meals through various partnerships.

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.

Akshaya Patra Foundation: The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Bengaluru, India that works towards improving access to education and nutrition for under-served children. The organization, in partnership with Central & State Governments of India, operates world’s largest NGO directed school meal program serving mid-day meal to 1.8 million children enrolled in close to 18 thousand government & government-aided schools across 13 states of India. Having cumulatively served more than 3 billion meals till date, Akshaya Patra is working towards creating a ‘Nourished India, Educated India.’

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

FIND: FIND is a global non-profit organization that drives innovation in the development and delivery of diagnostics to combat major diseases affecting the world’s poorest populations. Our work bridges R&D to access, overcoming scientific barriers to technology development; generating evidence for regulators and policy-makers; addressing market failures; and enabling accelerated uptake and access to diagnostics in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Since 2003, we have been instrumental in the development of 24 new diagnostic tools. Over 50 million FIND-supported products have been provided to 150 LMICs since the start of 2015. A WHO Collaborating Centre, we work with more than 200 academic, industry, governmental, and civil society partners worldwide, on over 70 active projects that cross six priority disease areas. FIND is committed to a future in which diagnostics underpin treatment decisions and provide the foundation for disease surveillance, control, and prevention.

For further details, please contact:

Amit Nanchahal      +91 81304 63737       amit.nanchahal@pepsico.com
Diksha Verma         +91 98995 40677      dikshav@sixdegreespr.co.in