FLINT, Mich., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The PepsiCo Foundation, along with community organizations and leaders, today opened two community Help Centers to provide resources to Flint residents recovering from the city's drinking water crisis.
Located at Bethel United Methodist Church and Greater Holy Temple COGIC, the Help Centers will promote healthy physical and mental development and protect and improve the quality of life for individuals and families. "One-stop" resources and services include bottled water, food and fresh produce, personal care items, nutritional services, physical health services and mental health services. They are open four days a week and serve residents from two semi-trailers staged in the churches' parking lots. "We are very excited about the opening of these new Help Centers and the much-needed supplies and resources they will offer to Flint residents," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. "The water in Flint still isn't safe to drink without a filter. This water crisis is much bigger than Flint can handle alone, but with help from our government and community organizations, we will emerge from this stronger and better than before. Thank you, PepsiCorps and Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, for joining forces to make this happen."The Help Centers are funded in part by a $570,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation. In addition, the company provided the network of Flint non-profit organizations with pro-bono, skills-based consulting, through its PepsiCorps program. This long standing PepsiCo program leverages PepsiCo employees' expertise to address societal needs or challenges, and enables the exchange of private sector knowledge to nonprofits to help them operate more effectively. For Flint, PepsiCo experts utilized their knowledge of logistics and warehousing to help assess residents' needs and efficient ways to store and deliver goods and services.