In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, the member companies of the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) continue efforts to provide major financial contributions as well as truckloads of food, beverages and other essential needs for the victims of this tragedy.

Given the needs of the victims, survivors and relief workers, the food, beverage and consumer products industry is in a unique position to provide the kind of help needed by the disaster relief organizations. Like most Americans and U.S. businesses, the industry felt an immediate impulse to do everything it could to help those in need.

To help the American public understand the industry’s efforts to aid disaster relief efforts, GMA is committed to providing the media a comprehensive picture of its member company contributions. New contributions to date include:

  • The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners have committed a $12 million financial contribution to disaster relief efforts. $6 million of those funds will be directed to the American Red Cross and an additional $6 million will be distributed to a variety of local relief organizations in New York and Washington, DC. In addition, The Coca-Cola Company and its subsidiaries are providing beverages to relief organizations.

  • Del Monte Foods has shipped more than 720,000 containers of fruit cups and single-serve, easy-open cans of fruit to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

  • McCormick & Company, Inc. has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

  • McIlhenny Co., makers of Tabasco Brand Products, has provided a financial donation to the American Red Cross.

  • Nestle USA, Inc., has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross, and is preparing to ship a wide variety of food and beverage products to New York and Washington, DC including power bars, ice cream, and bottled water.

  • Phillip Morris Companies, Inc., has contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross. Its subsidiaries Kraft Foods, Inc. and Miller Brewing Company have donated trailers of food and water to the disaster relief sites.

  • Ralston Purina Company is providing Purina O.N.E. dog food for search and rescue dogs involved at ground zero.

  • Sara Lee Corporation, through its subsidiary Hanes, is providing socks and underwear and thousands of Champion sweatshirts and T-shirts to the American Red Cross Relief efforts.

  • Unilever has donated $2 million to organizations responsible for helping the children of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition, Unilever is making arrangements to provide food and personal care products to relief organizations.

Among the earliest contributors to relief funds were GMA member companies H.J. Heinz Co., and General Mills, Inc., who each donated $100,000 to the September 11 Fund and the American Red Cross respectively.

Other major contributions from GMA member companies include:

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross and initiated its disaster relief plans at all of its facilities which includes an employee blood drive.

Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., has begun an employee-driven campaign to raise disaster relief funds, which the corporation will match dollar for dollar. In addition, the company has been providing food and beverages to relief workers at the World Trade Center.

Kellogg Company, working with the Second Harvest National Network of Food Banks, is sending one million servings of food to assist victims and relief workers in New York City and Washington, D.C.

PepsiCo, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Tropicana, Frito-Lay, and Quaker have so far delivered at least seven truckloads of food, soda, juice and water to relief workers at both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. More shipments are expected.

Perdue Farms, Inc., is donating $400,000 in ready-to-eat food products to the American Red Cross and America’s Second Harvest.

The Procter & Gamble Company has made shipments of essential cleaning supplies, diapers, toothpaste and some foods to New York and Washington, DC.

GMA’s member companies continue efforts to help those affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11. As GMA receives information about those contributions, it will provide the most comprehensive account possible to the media.

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) is the world’s largest association of food, beverage and consumer product companies. With U.S. sales of more than $460 billion, GMA members employ more than 2.5 million workers in all 50 states. The organization applies legal, scientific and political expertise from its member companies to vital food, nutrition and public policy issues affecting the industry. Led by a board of 44 Chief Executive Officers, GMA speaks for food and consumer product manufacturers at the state, federal and international levels on legislative and regulatory issues. The association also leads efforts to increase productivity, efficiency and growth in the food, beverage and consumer products industry.