The need for this program is urgent-and growing.
That’s why PepsiCo set out to create scalable solutions to address nutrition and poverty in inner-city communities. The current models include summer and afterschool meal programs, community-run farm stands, and other pilot programs to make healthy food accessible for low-income families year-round.
“When the school year ends, and most school cafeterias close for the summer, underserved children still need a nutritious lunch-and that’s where Food for Good plays a vital role in each of the communities we serve,” said Matt Smith, senior manager, PepsiCo Food for Good.
In 2009, Food for Good was conceived by PepsiCo associates – in collaboration with community leaders – as a way to try to address this challenge.
PepsiCo is leveraging its world-class capabilities-from food-distribution expertise to innovations in refrigeration and food preservation-to create a social enterprise that makes fresh, healthy foods accessible for low-income families.
The summer and afterschool meals that Food for Good distributes meet USDA standards and ensure a balanced diet with whole grains, dairy and fruits and vegetables.
In addition to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, Little Rock and Detroit, the program has expanded to three new cities this summer: Waco, Oklahoma City and Denver.