Thursday, June 05, 2008

Nestle Waters North America Contributes to Iowa Tornado Relief

WATERLOO, Iowa - Nestlé Waters North America donated more than 35,000 half-liters of Nestlé Pure Life bottled water to citizens affected by the level five tornado that struck the northeast part of the state. The bottles of water, which at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, are being distributed throughout the affected area by the food bank, a member of America's Second Harvest, as well as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

The tornado is estimated to have damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, displacing thousands of citizens. The Nestlé Pure Life bottled water is part of a greater relief effort that includes deliveries of meals and hygiene products, coordinated by the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and AmeriCares.

"This storm was unprecedented. Our hearts go out to the victims, and we are here to help them any way we can. We have a long way to go, and there's a lot of clean-up to be done," said Barb Prather, executive director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. "We are grateful for donations, and the partnerships that help us get the necessities, like water, to the victims."

In the past, Nestlé Waters North America has provided millions of bottles of water to citizens and relief workers affected by natural disasters, including tornados and hurricanes, such as Hurricane Katrina, and during the 2007 Southern California wildfires.

Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is the number one bottled water company in the U.S. Its family of 15 well-known brands includes Poland SpringBrand Natural Spring Water, the leading spring water brand in America. Based in Greenwich, Conn., Nestlé Waters North America's 9,000 employees provide bottled water products to consumers across the country, including Nestlé Pure Life and Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water in the Midwest.

Nestle has consistently lent its support to communities throughout the United States affected by natural disasters. Kudos also to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for its efforts to provide meals and necessities to the victims.

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