Donations in Response to COVID-19
Nestlé Waters and the Navajo Nation
We worked with DigDeep, a human rights nonprofit organization, to distribute a donation of 261,360 gallons of Arrowhead® Brand 100% Mountain Spring Water to the Navajo Nation, which spans the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. More than 30 percent of the 170,000+ residents of the Navajo Nation do not have running water in their homes. Helping to ensure families have enough water to stay hydrated, and to wash their hands, is especially critical during a national health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic, and we were honored to help when DigDeep reached out to explain the need. The water we donated was distributed by a network of volunteers to families across the Navajo Nation. Learn more about Nestlé Waters collaboration with DigDeep by watching a video segment that aired on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America.
Blue Bottle Donations
So far, Nestlé Waters has committed to provide more than 281,000 specially designed bottles to approximately 15 distilleries and healthcare organizations across nearly 10 states to be used for hand sanitizers. We have already delivered over 165,000 of them. That includes 65,000 to a distiller in Pennsylvania; 20,000 bottles to distilleries, a healthcare organization, and a veterans home that are filling bottles in Maine; over 50,000 to a distillery and transportation business supporting efforts in Texas; and 1,000 to a healthcare organization in Massachusetts. We continue to respond to requests for these specially designed bottles. Learn more about how one distillery in Maine is using these blue bottles.
Continued Water Donations
Nestlé Waters has a long history of donating bottled water to those impacted by emergencies and disasters. We are continuing to do that during the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing water to healthcare professionals in emergency rooms where remaining hydrated is critical for their own health, especially when working long hours at a hectic pace. We are also continuing to donate water to others on the front lines, to Food Banks, and to communities without access to safe, clean drinking water where the population is sheltering in place. From January 1, 2020 through July 27, 2020, we have donated approximately 7.2 million bottles of water in various sizes. This does not include our donations to support the residents of Flint, MI.
Collaborating with Nonprofits to Distribute Water to 1 Million Residents in California
Nestlé Waters has collaborated with a group of California nonprofits, including Ceres, Community Water Center, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability and Self Help Enterprises, to fulfill an urgent water need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis in California, particularly for rural communities in San Joaquin Valley, East Coachella Valley and the Central Coast. One million residents regularly face challenges in obtaining water, and COVID-19 has greatly exacerbated the situation. Many households with unsafe tap water rely on bottled water as their primary source of water for drinking, cooking and even washing their hands, but demand for bottled water has led to a shortage in rural communities. Ceres and its partners estimated they needed about 14,000 gallons of bottled water per month and contacted us to fill this need. We committed to supply all 14,000 gallons of water per month for April, May and June, which Self Help Enterprises will safely distribute to the impacted areas of San Joaquin Valley, East Coachella Valley and the Central Coast.
ReadyRefresh Community Support
In May, ReadyRefresh launched a community support initiative, which enabled our Route Service Representatives (RSRs) or drivers the opportunity to give back to their community and show their gratitude to customers working in essential services along their routes. As part of the initiative, each RSR could donate two cases of water per route per day to customers working in essential services such as medical facilities, assisted living centers, or customers who are known first responders. RSRs donated nearly 279,000 bottles of water to more than 10,600 essential workers from May 4 to May 29. In addition to its RSR community support initiative, ReadyRefresh has donated more than 150,000 bottles of water to hospitals, food banks, nursing homes, communities in need and other organizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Increased Donations to Flint
Since we began weekly water donations to three Help Centers in Flint in May 2018, we have delivered over 10 million bottles of water. 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.
Operation 5-Borough Food Drive
We donated 80,000 gallons of Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water through FreshDirect’s “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive,” a citywide food initiative to deliver thousands of boxes of groceries to help New York families in need.Photo courtesy of Bronxnet.org https://www.bronxnet.org/watch/videos/9339/
United Way of Maine Telethon
On April 9, NEWS CENTER Maine hosted an all-day telethon to support the United Way of Maine’s COVID RESPONSE FUND. We are proud that Poland Spring, as part of the Nestlé Waters North America Inc. family, donated a $58,000 match, which will go to the United Ways of Maine to help Mainers during this challenging time.
We are grateful to the truckers who continue to deliver our products to stores. As a sign of our gratitude, we have been supplying third party truckers delivering water to our factories and truck drivers delivering our products to stores with cases of water to keep them hydrated on their important journeys.
S. Pellegrino® and the James Beard Foundation
Our S. Pellegrino® brand has donated $1,000,000 to the James Beard Foundation’s Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to help small, independent restaurants weather this crisis and prepare to reopen.
Perrier® and the U.S. Bartenders Guild
The hospitality industry faces growing challenges and financial uncertainty. For more than 150 years, Perrier® has been a friend of the Bar community. To show up for them at a moment of crisis, Perrier teamed up with the U.S. Bartenders Guild to sponsor their Emergency Assistance Program by providing $500,000 to help local and independent bars.
Nestlé® Pure Life® and No Kid Hungry
To help ensure families remain fed and hydrated during the crisis, Nestlé® Pure Life®, a Nestlé Waters North America brand, is supporting No Kid Hungry, a national anti-hunger campaign, with a $1 million contribution. As part of the collaboration, Nestlé Pure Life helped build and is raising awareness of No Kid Hungry’s Free Meal Finder – a new online resource that helps families find free meals near them – through a new public service announcement. Nestlé® Pure Life® teamed up with WWE superstar Titus O’Neil to help deliver the message.
Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County
NWNA has long supported the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, both through volunteering and organizing canned food drive donations. Since we are unable to do either at this time, and there is an urgent need to assist those with food scarcity issues, NWNA recently donated $10,000 to replenish much-needed supplies.
Maine Tourism Relief Fund
The Maine Tourism Relief Fund founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association was recently created to provide grants to companies experiencing hardship from business closures due to COVID-19. We have committed to giving $100,000 to the fund, which will benefit small Maine businesses in the tourism industry and their employees.
Global Help for Emergency Services and Caregivers
Globally, Nestlé S.A. has joined forces with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to provide urgent help for emergency services and caregivers and strengthen healthcare systems.