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PepsiCo and Others Donate Food and Essentials to 400 Families in Compton

More than 26 percent of families in this Southern California community live below the poverty line

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The 16,000-pound food donation is part of a larger initiative to help families across the U.S.

The holidays can be a difficult time, especially for those facing hardship and unable to feed and financially support their loved ones.

In efforts to assist families in need, PepsiCo, the Magic Johnson Foundation, and Feed the Children have combined forces in a partnership that will provide 400 families in Compton, California, with a week’s worth of supplemental food and necessities, according to a press release.

The 400 families that will receive donations were preselected by the Compton Unified School District Headquarters, a local non-profit organization.

Each family will receive nonperishable food items, personal-care items, AVON products, snacks, juice, and more.


"PepsiCo is grateful for the opportunity to give something back to the Compton community through donating and volunteering our time at this wonderful event," Phil Schmich, director of distribution sales at PepsiCo Food Service, said in a statement. "We are passionate about creating an inclusive environment within the communities where we live and work, in an effort to make a positive impact."