PepsiCo Foundation Commits $1 Million Grant to LA Plaza de Cultura y...

PepsiCo Foundation Commits $1 Million Grant to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program


PURCHASE, N.Y., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC
PR WIRE/ — The PepsiCo Foundation announced today its commitment of a $1
million grant to support LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles, the
nation’s premier center of Mexican-American culture. The three-year grant
will go toward the establishment of an Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary
Arts Program for Hispanic youth in the local community. LA Plaza’s efforts
in Southern California focus on improving children’s awareness of nutrition,
increasing physical activity and strengthening knowledge of Mexican and
Mexican-American cuisine.

“LA Plaza’s approach to child education
is unique, in that it aims to empower youth while raising awareness of
nutrition, exercise, agriculture and cultural heritage all of which are
important to PepsiCo,” said Jacqueline Millan, senior director of
corporate contributions at PepsiCo. “This program will benefit children
by sharing the rich cultural history and significance of Mexican and
Mexican-American cuisine, while at the same time encouraging them to lead
healthier lifestyles.”

The $1 million grant will bolster
interdisciplinary, hands-on learning environments, which include:

  • Educational programming focused on the
    history, production and nutritional value of fruits and vegetables

  • Physical fitness through gardening and
    walking activities

  • Awareness of the origins of Mexican
    cuisine and how modern-day chefs are reinterpreting healthy
    Mexican-American nouveaux-cuisine

  • Instruction on preparing healthy family
    meals through training programs designed for young cooks

  • Outdoor classroom projects that educate
    children about environmental sustainability


“LA Plaza is about experiencing history
and culture, and our Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program
provides a unique hands-on experience in a distinctive learning environment
where youth will gain knowledge about the history and nutritional value of
fruits and vegetables, while discovering the Mexican-American history and
culture — one of the greatest which is our food,” said Los Angeles
County and LA Plaza board member Gloria Molina. “It’s not easy to get
our kids to eat their vegetables. The lack of healthy eating habits
particularly affects our low-income communities. Thanks to PepsiCo’s
generous donation and partnership, LA Plaza students will help promote
healthy eating in their households and communities.”

Through the PepsiCo Foundation’s commitment
to an Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts program, LA Plaza will
ultimately support thousands of children ages 5-20, as well as hundreds of
regional teachers through curriculum-based workshops, group tours, online
resources and more.

The Foundation’s contribution underscores
PepsiCo’s ongoing commitment to the Hispanic community. Inspired by the
company’s mission of “Performance with Purpose,” La Promesa de
focuses on building stronger Latino communities by advancing
Latino leadership nationwide and working with leading national organizations
to find solutions to challenges in the areas of education, health and
wellness, and community.

About LA Plaza

LA Plaza is the place to learn about, hear
from, and explore the history and the contributions of Mexican Americans to
Los Angeles and the nation.  In the heart of Los Angeles, surrounded by
30,000 sq ft of garden and housed within the renovated Vickrey-Brunswig
Building and Plaza House, LA Plaza invites visitors to both explore and
contribute to the ongoing story of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Los
Angeles.  In addition to its  LA Starts Here! inaugural
exhibition, Calle Principal, Main Street Los Angeles, 1920s hands-on
learning installation, Voces Vivas and Centro Yo Soy media arts center, LA
Plaza offers innovative educational programming for children, families,
teachers, and school groups.  LA Plaza’s exciting and unprecedented
public programming will range from performances by local and cutting-edge
musicians to screenings of classic Mexican cinema; from mouth-watering
cooking demonstrations to the educational garden workshops; and from
thought-provoking discussion series and book signings to illuminating family

About the PepsiCo Foundation

Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation
is the philanthropic anchor of PepsiCo, responsible for providing charitable
contributions to eligible non-profit organizations. The Foundation is
committed to developing sustainable partnerships and programs in underserved
regions that provide opportunities for improved health, environment and
education. For more information, visit:

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) offers the world’s
largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19
different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail
sales each. Our main businesses — Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay,
and Pepsi Cola — also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages
that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues
of approximately $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique
commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for
people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future
for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose:
PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local
tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment,
including by conserving energy and water usage, and reducing packaging
volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect,
support, and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more
information, please visit

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PepsiCo Foundation Commits $1 Million Grant to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program