Seventy-five years ago, a small group of Americans mobilized to create the world’s first CARE Packages®. They knew that they could not stand on the sidelines while millions of Europeans faced hunger in the wake of World War II. Within a few months, they had delivered their first shipment of 20,000 CARE Packages and over years more than 100 million have been distributed.
Today, CARE works to defeat poverty in over 100 countries, reaching more than 90 million people, and with a strong focus on gender justice. A snapshot of CARE’s work helps you see their reach and impact: CARE works with millions of smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and yield, CARE runs the largest micro-savings program in the world with 7 million people saving together and supporting one another in small business development, CARE is an innovator in supporting maternal and child health, and they help refugees and people facing crisis in the immediate aftermath as well as over the long-term.
With the advent of Covid-19, CARE has relaunched their iconic CARE Package – working with partners like Colgate/Palmolive and Mars to bring the physical supplies that help fight the spread of the disease – wash stations, PPE – to where they are most needed. And for the first time in their history, CARE has launched programming in the US in response to COVID – already having delivered more than 3 million CARE packages providing food and cash assistance to vulnerable populations.
CARE believes that dynamic corporate partnerships are essential to solving complex global challenges and it works closely together with partners to build a world where all people can live in dignity and security. CARE’s expertise includes identifying and developing impact programs; solving supply-chain issues; creating compelling marketing initiatives; providing exposure and thought leadership opportunities; and offering meaningful employee volunteering and engagement. CARE’s leadership partners include Abbott, Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, Gap Inc., General Mills, Hudson River Trading, Mars and DOVE® Chocolate, Mastercard, P&G, The PepsiCo Foundation, Pfizer, Target, Tiffany & Co., and UPS.
“Through the power of corporate partnerships we’ve been able to help bring hope and opportunity to families and communities around the world,” said Michelle Nunn, President & CEO of CARE USA. “By working together we have provided not only critical funding but a wide range of impactful programs and services. The private sector brings global value chains and access to global markets, as well as expertise that can support fundamental sustained improvements and reliable sources of income for women and their families. CARE is sincerely grateful to our many corporate partners for their enduring support of our mission.”