Atlanta, Feb. 10, 2020 – The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, has awarded $500,000 to its nonprofit partner MedShare for the urgent purchase and delivery of medical supplies, including protective masks and suits, to China.
Previously, The Coca-Cola Foundation granted $500,000 to Shenzhen One Foundation, a nonprofit organization in China, for the purchase of supplies. Both grants are intended to provide resources for the coronavirus outbreak in China.
MedShare announced Feb. 10 that supplies were packed for shipment to Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation in China for distribution to local hospitals.
“We are all concerned about everyone impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in China,” said Helen Smith Price, President, The Coca-Cola Foundation. “We are using our resources to provide protective supplies for hospitals in China. As a longtime partner of MedShare, we are proud to support their critical relief efforts in impacted communities.”
The Coca-Cola China system is also supporting ongoing relief efforts.
“Our entire Coca-Cola family is fully mobilized and doing all we can to support each other during this difficult time,” said Curt Ferguson, President of Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea. “As a member of the Chinese community, our commitment to China remains unchanged. We will support China in its battle against the epidemic.”
So far, the Coca-Cola China system has provided $650,000 in cash donations to support relief efforts. Through its “Clean Water 24” emergency mechanism – which leverages the Coca-Cola distribution network to deliver drinking water to people in need – the system has donated more than 900,000 bottles of drinking water and other beverages to civil servants, medical staff and volunteers who are battling the 2019-nCoV outbreak across China.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit https://www.coca-colacompany.com/shared-future/communities/the-coca-cola-foundation
About Coca-Cola China
Coca-Cola is one of the most well-known international brands in China, where we have more than 20 brands and offer over 60 beverage choices to local consumers. Since our return to the Chinese mainland in 1979, the Coca-Cola system has invested $13 billion and established a total of 45 production facilities in China. The Coca-Cola system today employs more than 47,000 people across the country, 99% of whom are local hires. Coca-Cola China and its bottling partners are committed to driving the sustainable development of local society by caring about the diversified consumer needs, product quality, community development and environmental protection. We are here and WeCare. For more information, please visit www.coca-cola.com.cn, or follow our corporate account “Coca-Cola China” at Weibo or WeChat.