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PepsiCo Expands Efforts To Address Global Food Insecurity
The PepsiCo Foundation is doubling down on efforts to increase equitable access to nutritious food by increasing its own investments as well as offering three new ways to engage people in fighting hunger
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In response to the growing hunger crisis, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, have expanded their holistic efforts to advance food security. Through its global Food for Good initiatives, the Foundation is doubling down on efforts to increase equitable access to nutritious food by increasing its own investments as well as offering three new ways to engage people in fighting hunger.
Today, 345 million people globally face severe hunger. That number is expected to grow as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and global conflict continue to ravage our global food system.
Partnering to address the hunger crisis, now and tomorrow
Building on more than a decade of partnering with communities to advance food security through collaboration, PepsiCo Food for Good has committed more than $35 million since 2021 alone to increase access to nutritious food and increase the productivity and incomes of small-scale farmers. This year, it’s directing investments to interventions that have shown can build long-term solutions while it continues to address immediate hunger needs.
· Increasing productivity and incomes of small-scale farmers with global partners including World Food Program USA in support of the United Nations (U.N.) World Food Programme and CARE along with leading local organizations, Food for Good focuses on economically empowering women through regenerative agriculture. To stave off the food crisis, it’s mobilizing multiple initiatives in communities where there’s a substantial vulnerability within Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. Through these efforts, it aims to support 3.5 million farmers and their families between 2022 and 2024.
• Increasing access to nutritious food, Food for Good provides students with increased access to the nutrition needed to learn and grow in multiple countries including the U.S., and through the Pioneer School Breakfast Nutrition Programme in South Africa while working to ensure the most vulnerable can access food with dignity through malnutrition interventions in Mexico and Guatemala.
• As part of its Nutrition Enhancement Programme, PepsiCo in India is working to improve the nutritional status of pregnant & lactating women and children in the age group 0-6 years in Sangrur, Punjab in partnership with Smile Foundation. PepsiCo also launched the 'Bowl of Hope' initiative in India in 2021 with its brand Quaker and Smile Foundation, to provide over one lakh nutritious bowls of whole grains to underserved communities across the country.
In addition, PepsiCo is inviting corporations, organizations, and community members to take action on global hunger.
“As one of the largest convenient food companies in the world, PepsiCo plays a critical role in leveraging our resources and capabilities to create and inspire local impact on hunger,” said C.D. Glin, Vice President, PepsiCo Foundation and Global Head of Philanthropy, PepsiCo. “We’re answering the call to address escalating global food insecurity and we plan to continue with our significant investments. But to make a meaningful impact, everyone with a role to play in our global food systems must be a part of the solution to address the immediate need and work on approaches to prevent us from landing in this place of crisis again.”
Inviting people to be part of the solution
PepsiCo Food for Good is launching three ways for people to learn more about the worsening state of global food insecurity and be a part of the solution:
· Convening some of the brightest minds in food security, a new podcast Journey to Zero Hunger, explores real-world lessons and possible solutions to the global hunger crisis. Guests include food security luminaries including Ertharin Cousin, former Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Programme and CEO of Food Systems for the Future; Carin Smaller, Executive Director, Shamba Centre for Food & Climate; and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League as well as cultural contributors including Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder of FEED; Kyle Rudolph, NFL tight end and member of GENYOUth’s Board of Directors; and Chef JJ Johnson, James Beard award winner and host of Just Eats.
· A new Food for Good Changemaker video series showcases different ways community leaders around the world are addressing hunger to build resilience in their own backyards. These stories reveal underlying factors of food insecurity and highlight the heroic actions ordinary people are taking. For example, Molly Birungi, a farmer and mother of three in Uganda, empowered her village to adopt new agricultural and marketing practices. She also encouraged other farmers in her village to adopt new and cutting-edge technologies in agriculture, resulting in an increase in crop yields by more than 13% and an increase in the average household gross income for participants by more than 60%.
· Food for Good is partnering with the impact-driven brand, FEED, to introduce a limited-edition tote bag. Each purchase will provide 10 nutritious meals to children around the world through No Kid Hungry, the U.N. World Food Programme, and the Akshaya Patra Foundation.
"The fight against hunger is an issue that knows no borders. In the last few years, we've seen an already overwhelming global issue exacerbated further. Often people aren't sure where to begin or how to make a difference, which was my inspiration for founding FEED in 2007," said Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder of FEED. "That's why our collaboration with PepsiCo Food for Good is so important. We're inviting consumers to join us in the fight to end childhood hunger in a way that is tangible, by purchasing and carrying a tote that gives back and allows them to be ambassadors for the cause when they carry it.