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Chipping In, A Day of Caring

Yes, it’s true our snacks play an important part in helping to make special memories, but those aren’t the only memories we are making. At Frito-Lay we focus on giving back to the communities in which we work and live in three focus areas: health, hunger and education. Our Day of Caring event touches each of these.

For more than six years, Frito-Lay and PepsiCo have taken part in the annual United Way “Day of Caring” across the Dallas/Forth-Worth area. Each year, more than 1,200 associates chip in and help with volunteer projects at more than 22 United Way agencies, contributing approximately 5,000 volunteer hours in just one day.

Rolling up their sleeves and pitching in, enthusiastic associates take part in a range of projects and activities – everything from organizing donations, providing landscaping and facility maintenance, to hosting fall festivals for children.

Our efforts also include multiple projects targeting schools participating in United Way’s Healthy Zone School Recognition Program. Healthy Zone School Recognition Program was developed by United Way and The Cooper Institute and is funded in part by the PepsiCo Foundation, to prevent childhood obesity.

With the challenges American children face regarding healthy diet, adequate physical activity and limited nutrition education in schools, the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program aims to equip schools with resources to create school environments that are optimal in promoting healthy behaviors, and we are excited to be part of making that happen.

Contributing to the health and well-being of our community is an integral component of PepsiCo's culture. Through our long-term partnership with United Way, our two organizations are making a lasting difference in lives within our local community.

"The PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring is a great opportunity for our associates to get out and volunteer in the community," said Chris Kuechenmeister, Vice President Communications, PepsiCo. "The wide range of projects and volunteer opportunities allow our associates to truly make an impact and experience firsthand life-changing connections with the clients who benefit from United Way programs."

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