PURCHASE, N.Y., Sept. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Yesterday, the North Division of PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) hosted a “Back-to-School PEP Rally” to help 240 underserved PK-8 students at the Luis Munoz Marin School for Social Justice in Newark, N.J. get a jumpstart on the school year by providing necessary school supplies, backpacks, and nutritious meals to fuel their minds and bodies. New York Giants alum Victor Cruz joined the event to get students motivated and excited for a fun and successful new school year.
According to The National Retail Federation’s 2023 back-to-school spending survey1, families with children in grades K-12 said they expect to spend an average of $890 on school items this year, about $25 more than last year. In addition, according to a report from the School Nutrition Association2, one in eight children in America live in food insecure homes. This can pose risks to a child’s health and development, leading to long-term social and behavioral challenges. PBNA’s Back-to-School PEP Rally events aim to address this urgent need and help provide children with the resources they need to thrive in a new school year.
Adelante, PBNA’s Hispanic employee resource group, leveraged its members to volunteer at the event, providing backpacks and school supplies directly to students. In addition to the supplies, each student received a bag of shelf-stable meals provided through the PepsiCo Foundation’s Food for Good program. Food for Good is the PepsiCo Foundation’s global platform for advancing food security and ongoing commitment to make nutritious food accessible for more people.
“At PepsiCo, we are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work. During this pivotal back-to-school time, we want to make sure each student has what they need for a positive start to the school year,” says Richard Glover, President, North Division of PepsiCo Beverages North America. “We are proud to be able to make a meaningful difference for families and hope it helps build a great school year ahead for these students.” During the Back-to-School PEP Rally held at the Luis Munoz Marin School for Social Justice in Newark, children met with New York Giants alum Victor Cruz and enjoyed food provided by a local PBNA foodservice partner in Newark.
PBNA hosted its inaugural Back to School PEP Rally backpack distribution event in Miami followed by events in the Northeast at schools in Philadelphia and Cincinnati in August 2023 and will be hosting its final event at a school Boston, Mass. to benefit more than 2,000 students overall in these high need communities by September 2023. Stay up to date on the latest PepsiCo news and products by visiting pepsico.com and following @pepsico on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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About the PepsiCo Foundation and Food for Good
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