We believe access to clean, safe drinking water is a fundamental human right. We know that after a disaster, when people may lose that access, we have a role to play and no time to waste. That is why we are committed to providing water to communities in need during times of extreme weather events and emergencies.
Through our disaster relief partners including Americares, The American Red Cross, Gleaning for The World , Convoy of Hope and Feeding America, we direct donated bottled water to the communities in crisis. Some water donations and other on-the-ground assistance are also coordinated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state and local government officials.
During the season of unprecedented hurricane activity in 2017, Nestlé Waters North America donated over 5 million bottles to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Flint Water Crisis Support
Starting in October 2015, our Ice Mountain team began shipping water donations to help the residents of Flint, Michigan during the devastating water crisis. In January 2016, we partnered with a coalition that included Walmart and other companies to provide safe, clean drinking water to meet the needs of more than 10,000 public school students in Flint, or the equivalent of up to 6.5 million bottles.
Starting in early May 2018, Nestle Waters 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. These donations totaled approximately 10 million bottles of water for the City of Flint (through April 2020).
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've increased our donations. Since the COVID-19 crisis has kept certain at-risk groups from getting to the Help Centers to pick up water, 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.
We continue to work closely with the Flint community to understand their current needs and how we can best help meet those needs. Learn more about how we are caring for the people of Flint.