At Nestlé Waters North America, we are committed to helping the communities where we live and work. In times of crisis, whether communities are facing a hurricane, wildfire, or water quality issues, we realize that we have a critical role to play. We need to do more than show up, we need to deliver.
In 2015, we learned that Flint, Michigan was a community in crisis. We knew then, what we know today – we would be there to help Flint recover.
Access to Safe, Clean Water is a Fundamental Human Right
That is why in 2015, we began shipping water donations to Flint – and never stopped. We continued working with our disaster relief partners to understand the Flint community’s needs and provide water donations where and when it was most helpful.
In January 2016, we partnered with a coalition that included Walmart and others to provide up to 6.5 million bottles of water for Flint public schools (enough to meet the needs of more than 10,000 public school students).
Our Continued Efforts
In April 2018, Michigan state officials announced that free bottled water would no longer be provided, leaving Flint residents and city officials once again concerned about their water supply.
Following this announcement, we again worked closely with community stakeholders to determine how to best provide our support. Starting in early May 2018, we began collaborating with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to provide regular bottled water deliveries to the three Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Help Centers, located at the Greater Holy Temple, Bethel United Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church.
From May through Labor Day, we delivered 50 truckloads of water; which equates to approximately 100,000 bottles a week, or about 1.6 million bottles. This donation was extended through the end of the year, committing to another 50 truckloads.
Additionally, through our community partners United Way of Genesee County and Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties, we provided approximately 3,000 coupons, each for a free case of 16.9oz Ice Mountain® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. Community members visiting Catholic Charities for needed items such as food, clothing, toiletries, etc., were eligible for these coupons.
Through the United Way, the coupons were distributed to:
- Greater Flint Health Coalition: to help support the Children’s Health Access Program
- Hurley Hospital: to be given with new moms’ formula Ennis Center for Children: to help support the adoption/foster care agency
- Hispanic Tech Center: to help provide for the basic needs for eastside families
- Genesee County Women, Infants, & Children (WIC): to support a Nutrition Education Program helping families eat well and stay healthy
- Little Lambs: to support this small organization that assists with basic needs for families with young children
Launched in the summer of 2018, our Ice Mountain® Mobile Hydration Station helped deliver on-the-go hydration to members of the Flint community and surrounding areas. This trailer full of water was designed to visit various local events to enable community members to fill their cups or reusable water bottles free of charge.
From July to October, our Ice Mountain® Mobile Hydration Station provided the Flint community with more than 1,100 gallons of water and 2,985 gallons to Michigan communities in total. Additionally, from May 2018 to the end of the year, we will donate approximately 3.2 million bottles of water to the City of Flint.
Apart from providing water donations, through our collaboration with Keep America Beautiful and Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Nestlé Waters and our corporate partners established recycling infrastructure and awareness programs to support the Flint school community.
Our support doesn’t stop there. We continue to work closely with Karen Weaver, Mayor of Flint, Michigan, and the Flint community to assess their needs and help out as best we can.
As part of the greater Michigan community, we remain committed to being part of the solution. Learn more about how we are caring for the people of Flint here.