PepsiCo has announced that it will award sixty-four grants totaling $2.6 million this month through its Pepsi Refresh Project — double the typical monthly amount — including $1.3 million to organizations providing support and assistance to people and organizations in the Gulf Coast region.
Thirty-two grants will be awarded for ideas submitted in one of the project's six main categories — health, arts and culture, food and shelter, the planet, neighborhoods, and education. Grantees include Molly's Adopt a Sailor, which will receive $50,000 to send care packages to deployed U.S. troops, and Families Can't Wait, which will use its $25,000 grant to provide resources and education to first-time mothers with babies in neonatal intensive care units in northeastern Louisiana.
The remaining thirty-two grants will support ideas submitted through the special Pepsi Refresh Project: Do Good for the Gulf initiative, with most of the grantees focused on animal welfare, children and education, and community and economic development. Recipients include the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi, which will use its $50,000 grant to shelter the pets of Gulf-based families who can no longer care for them; Stuart Adams, a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University, who will receive $25,000 to implement FEMA's hurricane-hazard mitigation plan at three K-12 Louisiana schools; and Operation Gulf Coast in Lithonia, Georgia, which will receive $50,000 to develop an online portal to catalog the impact of the Gulf oil spill.
"We have established an on-going dialogue with the American public about the issues they care most deeply about," said Jill Beraud, chief marketing officer of Pepsi Beverages America. "We are always impressed by the caliber of entries we receive. When given the opportunity and the right tools, people are eager to help their communities."