- PepsiCo Foundation renews the partnership signed last year with Casa Bună Association.
- With a $150,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation, Casa Bună will support educational needs of students, vocational training, as well as access to nutritious food for students in Ferentari, Bucharest, and Argeș country (Nucșoara and Lerești communes).
- This holiday season, as an extension of the program, the PepsiCo Foundation partnered with the well-known Romanian Chef Foa and Casa Bună volunteers to prepare a warm meal for vulnerable families in Ferentari.
The PepsiCo Foundation, PepsiCo’s philanthropic arm, announced the renewal of the partnership with NGO Casa Bună to tackle inequality in education and food insecurity. Through a $150,000 grant, the partnership will support educational, social, and vocational training needs, workforce preparedness and provide nutritious food for 300 students in Ferentari, Bucharest, and Argeș country (Nucșoara and Lerești communes).
In addition, as part of the PepsiCo’s Foundation Food for Good program, the well-known Romanian Chef Foa cooked alongside volunteers from Casa Bună to bring a little bit of joy to the children and local community of Ferentari, a district in Bucharest, one of the poorest areas in Romania, where educational and food insecurity barriers are a major problem. In this context, the PepsiCo Foundation will donate 500 warm meals to the local community.
“We are excited to renew our partnership with Casa Bună and support vulnerable Romanian communities in building their futures by providing proper educational opportunities and immediate access to food for children. As a leading global food and beverage company, we have a critical role to play in supporting a more equitable world and helping communities where we live and work obtain more equitable access to economic opportunity and ensure a sustainable future for all.”, said Andrea Pont, PepsiCo Foundation Europe Lead.
Casa Bună is an NGO that has supported children living in Ferentari, Bucharest, for more than 10 years. The organization’s aim is to reduce school drop-out rates, support children with learning resources, nutritious food, and healthcare – all with the holistic goal of helping children succeed in their professional career paths. In 2021, the PepsiCo Foundation provided Casa Bună with a $ 100,000 grant to help students develop future skills and fostering economic opportunity where it was most needed. In addition to this, 11,000 hot meals were delivered by another partner of the PepsiCo Foundation to children taking part in the program.
“Before we talk about education we have to talk about basic needs. About food. Before you can do lessons with a child, you have to make sure that that child has eaten something before. I noticed this when I was still doing lessons at school 136, because without meals it’s difficult for children to concentrate. We are glad to be able to continue these efforts together with friends from the PepsiCo Foundation and we are even more happy to be able to take them to the rural area where the need is just as great.”, said Valeriu Nicolae, founder of the Casa Bună Association.
This program is the latest in a series of actions PepsiCo is taking as it delivers on its PepsiCo Positive (pep+) commitment which aims to have a positive impact on planet and people. Further, this program is part of Food for Good, PepsiCo’s global commitment to advance food security in communities where the company operates and to increase nutritious food access for more than 50 million people worldwide by 2030. Since 2009, Food for Good has delivered more than 245 million meals to millions of people across the world.
In this sense, those who want to support the association’s social endeavors and so the communities in difficulty, can donate at https://donatii.asociatiacasabuna.ro/.