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PepsiCo, Feed the Children and Restaurateur Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit Extend Partnership with First-Ever Visit to Charlotte Where 32,000 Pounds of Food and Essentials Will Be Distributed to Families in Need

 
Oct 05, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 5, 2017) – Eight hundred Charlotte families in need will receive enough food to supplement meals for a week plus daily essentials, thanks to a partnership between PepsiCo, Feed the Children, Chef/Owner Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit and Food Lion. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT at North Carolina National Guard Armory at 4240 West Blvd., Charlotte, NC.

This is the first year PepsiCo and Feed the Children have partnered to help feed families in Charlotte, where more than 16 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. This distribution event is part of a larger initiative between the two organizations to help feed communities in cities throughout the United States. The receiving families have been identified and preselected by the USO.

“We’re excited to partner with Feed the Children, Chef Rocco Whalen, Food Lion and the USO helping our friends and neighbors in the Charlotte  community,” said Aaron Parker, zone sales leader, Charlotte zone, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division. “Frito-Lay and PepsiCo are committed to giving back to our communities where we live and work, and providing enough food to supplement meals for a week is a small way we can help make a difference.”

Each qualifying recipient at today’s event will be given:

  • One 25-pound box of nonperishable food items
  • One 15-pound box of personal-care items
  • One box of AVON products
  • Books from Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • One 20-count bag of Frito-Lay Baked Snacks
  • PepsiCo beverages
  • Life Original Cereal
  • Quaker Standard Oats
  • Chewy Granola Bars
  • Fresh Produce from Food Lion

Volunteers from PepsiCo, Food Lion, USO and Feed the Children will be onsite serving families and assisting with distribution during today’s event.

About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education, essentials and disaster response. Domestically, it operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).

In fiscal year 2016, through its domestic and international programs, Feed the Children distributed 105 million pounds of food and essentials worldwide with a total value of $415 million, working with partner agencies to benefit 5.9 million people globally. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. 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. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

About Fahrenheit Restaurant
Fahrenheit (Charlotte, NC) is situated above the Skye Condos at 222 South Caldwell Street on the 21st Floor. Chef Rocco Whalen’s restaurant features amazing, unparalleled views of the Queen City and inventive new American cuisine. The wine list is extensive, cocktails are creatively crafted and draft beers are local. Also featured on the roof are linear fire pits, a social pool and seasonal herb garden. Sunday brunch is served weekly from 11 am until 3 pm. Room service for the attached Hyatt Place Hotel as well as Skye Condominium owners is now available.

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