April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Feed The Children and PepsiCo partnered with Central Union Mission to distribute three tractor-trailers full of food and essentials to help 1,200 Washington, D.C. area children and families in need.  Families received food and essentials at a local Walmart store (5929 Georgia Ave. N.W.).

PepsiCo is a longtime partner of Feed The Children and today donated products from its Frito-Lay, Quaker and Pepsi divisions, as well as Walmart and Bimbo Bakeries, to Washington D.C.-based families. Central Union Mission – at 130, D.C.'s oldest social service agency--used its network to identify 1200 families to receive the donations. Each family also received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items and AVON products. The boxes are designed to help support a family of four for up to one week.

The distribution is part of Feed The Children's Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped hundreds of thousands of families across the country since it began in 2009.

Nearly one in three children living in Washington, D.C. (29.1 percent) is considered impoverished. In fact, the number of children living in poverty in Washington, D.C. (30,555) could fill the Verizon Center one and a half times.

"Many of the families we serve on the Americans Feeding Americans Caravan are making hard choices between paying bills and feeding their families," said Kevin Hagan, Feed The Children president and CEO. "With support from PepsiCo we are helping to ease the burden for families struggling in this economy."

About Feed The Children

Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is one of the largest international charities based in the U.S., with the mission of providing hope and resources for those without life's essentials. Feed The Children is accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Using an integrated approach to defeat hunger, Feed The Children distributed over $344 million in food, essentials and medicine to over 10 million individuals in the United States, and 23 other countries in fiscal year 2013. For more information, visit www.feedthechildren.org.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales.  Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.  PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo.  We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate.  For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.

SOURCE Frito-Lay North America