Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo will add their support to Flint, Michigan, by contributing about 176 truckloads of water to help people affected by the Flint drinking water crisis, including enough water to meet the daily needs of over 10,000 school children for the balance of the calendar year, the companies announced.
In addition to the water donation, the companies are encouraging others to support the Flint community by working with Good360, where nonprofits operating in Flint are listing their needs online. Walmart and its suppliers will continue to work closely in the Flint community and are encouraging the public to get involved by visiting the Good360 website to make donations that will go directly to local nonprofits serving the community.
Walmart says it has already donated 14 trucks of water, or 504,000 bottles, and 1,792 water filters to the Flint community since July 2015. Coca-Cola has donated about 78,720 bottles of Dasani to local food banks and foundations and to approximately 40 associates living in the affected area. Nestlé Waters North America has already donated five truckloads, or more than 190,000 bottles, to Flint community organizations since October 2015.
The city’s nearly 100,000 residents have been advised to drink bottled water or filter their tap water since it became tainted with lead in April, 2014. The contamination happened when the city stopped using Detroit water and began using water from the Flint River, the Detroit Free Press reports.