14 May Drinks, Masks, and Food: The Coca-Cola Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Coca-Cola is one of the world’s largest drink brands. From soda to juice to Powerade, they have turned consumption into over $30 billion in annual sales.
We are normally quite critical of Coca-Cola for its donations to groups that support sanctuary cities, the recent redefinition of marriage, and leftist activist groups like the Women’s March. It has achieved a “1” on the 2ndVote scale, meaning that its corporate structure is solidly lined up against American values.
However, Coca-Cola has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis. Food, drinks, hand sanitizer, masks, grants, wipes, and more are being provided from Atlanta to the entire nation plus Canada. Here are some highlights from the company’s website:
- Cleaning supplies donated to the Salvation Army in Atlanta to help the poor and homeless.
- $13.5 million in grants to five groups which are helping families get food, running food banks, and more.
- At least three Coca-Cola plants are turning out hand sanitizer and/or sanitizer bottles for medical workers.
- Donations to 8,000 employees so they can get takeout – supporting local restaurants that are in desperate need of income.
Please check out Coca-Cola’s site for the full details. Shoot them a note to show your thanks for their generosity. And be sure to urge them to be this non-partisan even when the pandemic ends – to focus on all of their customers, not just the Twitter keyboard warriors.
This post is part of 2ndVote’s coverage of business charity during the COVID-19 public health, social, and economic crises. We are highlighting companies large and small which are doing their part to help their communities.