The 120 Mile Drive to Flint
We are deeply committed to creating access to safe, clean drinking water for all Americans and are privileged to play a role in relief support when and where it is needed most. While we have never withdrawn water from any location in or near Flint (the water we source is from a different watershed more than 120 miles away), as part of the greater Michigan community we share concerns about the health and safety of Flint residents and are committed to being part of the solution.
We've been providing water and other support to Flint since the beginning of the crisis. Now, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've increased our response and donations.
In October 2015, we began donating bottled water to the residents of Flint, and in January 2016, we collaborated with a broader coalition to meet the water needs of more than 10,000 public school students in the city.
Starting in early May 2018, Nestlé Waters North America began donating regular truckloads of bottled water to the three East Michigan Food Bank Help Centers, located at the Greater Holy Temple, Bethel United Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church. Since that time, we have provided approximately 100,000 bottles of water per week to three Flint Help Center, and have worked closely with the state, the city, non-governmental organizations and the Flint community to understand how we can best help meet their needs. From May 2018 through April 2020, we have donated over 10 million bottles of water to the Help Centers and we have agreed to continue our bottled water donations.
Since the COVID-19 crisis has kept certain at-risk groups from getting to the Help Centers to pick up water, we have increased our donations. We have been working with Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley to deliver an incremental 90,000+ bottles to the city of Flint for distribution to its residents who cannot leave their homes.