The Coca-Cola Company, its local bottling partner and The Coca-Cola Foundation are providing disaster relief assistance to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. The philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation, today pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross to provide immediate resources for emergency food and shelter across the Florida Panhandle and the Southeastern United States.
“We are concerned about the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said Helen Smith Price, president, The Coca-Cola Foundation. “We are using our resources to provide immediate relief and recovery assistance to those impacted by the storm. As a longtime partner of the American Red Cross, we are proud to support their critical relief efforts.”
In addition to monetary support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the company and its local bottling partner, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, have donated more than 70,000 bottles of water to date to the American Red Cross and other local community organizations to support emergency response efforts throughout the region.
The Coca-Cola Company is also matching its employees’ contributions to the Coca-Cola Employee Disaster Relief Fund up to $100,000. This fund provides disaster relief and rebuilding funds to Coca-Cola system employees who were impacted by Hurricane Michael.
"We deeply understand the impact of these devastating storms because our people live, work and serve their neighbors in these communities every day,” said Jim Dinkins, president, Coca-Cola North America. “Our entire Coca-Cola family is mobilized and doing all we can to support each other and help our communities recover and rebuild throughout the Southeast.”
Coca-Cola is giving its consumers an opportunity to support The American Red Cross through the Coca-Cola Give program. People can visit Coke.com/give and enter codes found under the caps of Coca-Cola beverages – and inside multi-packs – and convert them into donations to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
Recently, the Coca-Cola system also supported Hurricane Florence recovery and relief efforts throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, including a $ 1 million donation to the American Red Cross, as well as local beverage donations, volunteer assistance and employee relief funding.