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How American companies are helping earthquake survivors

How American companies are helping earthquake survivors

U.S. companies are carrying relief equipment and donating food, money and supplies to help people in Turkey and Syria after devastating earthquakes in February.

“Our brothers and sisters [Turquia] And our help is desperately needed in the region,” Hamdi Ulugaya, founder of Norwich, New York-based yogurt company Chobani, said in a tweet the day after the earthquake.

Ulugaya donated US$1 million to Turkish philanthropic funds $10.3 million for humanitarian assistance*. Ulugaya pledged an additional donation of up to $1 million.

Many American businessmen and organizations have donated to help the victims of the earthquake. The owners of Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, aerospace and aviation giant Sierra Nevada Corporation and Starbucks each pledged at least $1 million.

Department of State
With support from local communities and assistance from the US government, the US business community also rallied to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria:
Chobani CEO makes huge donation to Turkey earthquake victims Hamdi Ulugaya, CEO of Chobani, is raising money for earthquake survivors in Turkey and surrounding areas. TheStreet.com

“It’s these difficult times that bring people together,” Turkey’s ambassador to the United States, Murat Mergan, told a February 10 joint meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Turkey Business Council. “We’ve already received generous donations from the business community and we’re asking you to help in any way you can.”

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By February 27, US companies Donated more than $88 million* For humanitarian aid after the earthquake.

The U.S. government provided $185 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey and Syria, and sent search and rescue teams immediately after the first earthquake. People every day From all over America They donate money and goods.

Here’s how many entrepreneurs, organizations and corporate foundations are helping.

Central cuisines of the world

Working with local chefs and volunteers, Central cuisines of the world 1 million meals were served in the ten days after the earthquake. Founded by chef José Andrés after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Cuisine Central Mundial sends food to survivors and first responders in Turkey and across the border to Syria.

Central cuisines of the world
In the ten days since a devastating earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, CCM teams – along with incredible local chefs, volunteers and team members – have already delivered more than a million meals to displaced families and emergency workers around the clock. Expand capacity.

“I saw that a plate of food has the power to give courage, to give hope, to bring people together,” Andrés said in a video message posted. Diplomatic Culinary Joint From the US State Department on February 9.

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McDonald’s is transporting earthquake survivors to its restaurants in Turkey and has already served 100,000 free meals there. The restaurant chain has pledged $1 million to relief groups responding to the disaster, including Save the Children and World Central Kitchen.

McDonald’s donates $1 million annually to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, whose members are responding in Turkey and Syria.


Starbucks and its foundations are donating $1 million to relief groups including the Red Cross and Red Crescent, World Central Kitchen, the International Rescue Committee and the Planet Water Foundation.

The Seattle-based chain works with local partners to provide food, hazard pay and shelter for employees at more than 600 cafes across Turkey.


US aircraft maker Boeing has pledged $500,000 to the Red Cross and Red Cross in Turkey and is matching its employees’ contributions to earthquake relief.


Parcel shipping and delivery company United Parcel Service (UPS) is partnering with international relief groups to transport humanitarian aid and emergency supplies to Turkey.

UPS Public Affairs
UPS and the UPS Foundation They respond seriously Earthquake at Turkey And on Syria. We provide UPS trucking capacity and connect humanitarian aid with all air capacity in Turkey. World Food Programme And this International Red Cross For transporting relief supplies from Dubai.

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Pepsi and Coke

Soda makers Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have already donated $1 million and $1.2 million, respectively, to relief groups in Turkey. Through partners, PepsiCo provides hot meals, shelter, portable chargers, sleeping pads and other necessities.

Partners, including Coca-Cola and the Turkish Red Crescent Society, are providing bottled water and rebuilding schools in hard-hit areas.


Amazon transfers humanitarian supplies and equipment to first responders, ensuring that donated heaters, blankets, shelter items and clothing reach earthquake survivors quickly.

The company donated $600,000 to earthquake search and rescue efforts and organizations.


Michigan-based food distributor SpartanNash is donating bottled water and diapers to survivors through Convoy of Hope, a relief organization in Springfield, Missouri.

“The devastation in Turkey and Syria is unimaginable, and we are compelled to use the supplies we have to provide critical assistance as quickly as possible,” said SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam. “We appreciate the opportunity to help.”

Cots with essential items donated by SpartanNash await delivery to earthquake survivors (© SpartanNash)

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