PepsiCo Foundation Giving Back to “Birthplace” – Grants Benefit Two New Bern Charities

The PepsiCo Foundation continues to show its commitment to the birthplace of 

Pepsi-Cola with grants to the Tryon Palace Foundation and 

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

PURCHASE, NY, — June 6, 2017 – Today, the PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, announced two grants that will support New Bern, NC, the “birthplace” of Pepsi. This is the second year in a row the PepsiCo Foundation will make a pair of $25,000 donations to benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation and The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

PepsiCo is committed to building brighter futures in the communities where it operates, especially in New Bern, where its history dates back to the late 1890s when pharmacist Caleb Bradham created his first batch of Pepsi-Cola.

The grant to The Tryon Palace Foundation is intended to refurbish and repair the historic New Bern Academy Museum. This landmark’s rich history includes serving as the state’s first public school and as a Civil War hospital.

“We are so grateful for this generous gift from the PepsiCo Foundation, joining the gifts of many New Bernians and North Carolinians who believe that the preservation of the Academy and the story it enables us to tell are vital,” said Tryon Palace Foundation President Nelson McDaniel. “This gift, an addition to the wonderful support given by PepsiCo through the years, is clear affirmation of its pride in the birthplace of Pepsi.”

The second grant will support The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s “Stop Summer Hunger Initiative.” This program ensures that children continue to have access to nutritious food throughout summer break when school meals are not available.

“Summer is an especially tough time for the families we serve, and thanks to partners like the PepsiCo Foundation, we’re able to continue our work distributing nutritious food options for those who are hungry in our community,” said the Food Bank Eastern Regional Director George Young. “We’re incredibly grateful for PepsiCo Foundation’s commitment to our mission of ensuring no one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina.”

“PepsiCo has deep roots in North Carolina,” said Tony West, PepsiCo General Counsel and President of the PepsiCo Foundation. “The donation to Tryon Palace will ensure that its rich and storied history will be preserved for future generations, and the gift to the Food Bank will allow for children and their families to focus on enjoying their summer break rather than where they will get a nutritious meal.”

PepsiCo has been holding its annual shareholders meeting in New Bern since 2012.