PepsiCo Foundation donates $1m to Hurricane Harvey relief fund

PepsiCo is supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Picture: Aquafina.

PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation has donated $1m to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

The money given to the American Red Cross will provide vital resources to hurricane victims across Texas and other impacted communities.

Aquafina water

Texas is home to more than 10,000 PepsiCo employees and its business units are positioned to provide critical supplies, such as Aquafina purified drinking water, to impacted communities.

"PepsiCo's focus is on helping those in need during this difficult time," said Indra Nooyi, chairman/CEO, PepsiCo. 

"I'm proud that our people and our partners are coming together to provide critical support to help those in Harvey's path sustain themselves during the storm and rebuild in its aftermath."

In addition to the $1m grant to Red Cross disaster relief, the PepsiCo Foundation provided $500,000 at the beginning of the year to the American Red Cross' Annual Disaster Giving Program, which helps with emergency planning across the country. 

PepsiCo will continue to monitor the situation in Texas and surrounding areas and will engage with the American Red Cross and other partners as the needs of these communities become clearer in the days and weeks ahead.

The PepsiCo Foundation isn’t the only beverage company to support the American Red Cross this year, in July Ball Corporation, and MillerCoors committed to providing more than two million cans of water to help communities impacted by disasters over the next three years.

Canned water will be available, using cans produced by Ball, packaging donated by Graphic Packaging International, and water provided and distributed by MillerCoors.

Last year Anheuser-Busch also donated $1m to the American Red Cross in honor of its Oklahoma City Metal Container Corporation (MCC) Lid Plant’s 30th anniversary.

Hurricane Harvey timeline

  • August 17: Tropical Storm Harvey is named, six hours after the National Hurricane Center in Miami issues a potential tropical cyclone for several Caribbean islands.
  • August 19: Moving westward between the northern coast of South America and the larger Caribbean islands, Harvey is downgraded to a tropical depression, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (56 kph). Six hours later, it is further downgraded to a tropical wave.
  • August 23: Harvey regenerates into a tropical depression about 535 miles (860km) southeast of Port O'Connor, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (56 kph).
  • August 24: After strengthening over the course of a day, Harvey becomes a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph). It is about 325 miles (525km) southeast of Port O'Connor, and Texas coastal communities in its path are urged to evacuate. By midnight, it is upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane and is 220 miles from Port O'Connor, with sustained maximum winds of 100 mph (160 kph).
  • August 25: Harvey is upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained maximum winds of 120 mph (195 kph). It is centered about 75 miles (120km) southeast of Corpus Christi. By 6pm Harvey is a Category 4 storm 45 miles from the city, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph).
  • August 26: Harvey is centered about 15 miles inland and is weakening as it slowly passes over land. It has been downgraded to a Category 3, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). Two hours later, it is downgraded further to a Category 2.
  • With maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), Harvey is downgraded to a Category 1 storm. Forecasters warn of potentially catastrophic flooding in the coming days.

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