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Pearl Milling Company Pledges to Uplift Black Women and Girls by Awarding 17 Grant Recipients

Pearl Milling Company, the pancake mix and syrup brand that has been creating memorable breakfast moments for more than 130 years, today announced the 2022 grant recipients for its PEARL Pledge program.

This year, 17 nonprofit organizations will receive grants to support meaningful services and education that promote prosperity, empowerment, access, representation, and leadership for Black women and girls in the United States. A total of $1 million in grants will be awarded as part of Pearl Milling Company’s ongoing commitment to help uplift the black community and PepsiCo’s broader initiative for racial equality.

“When we launched the PEARL Pledge in 2021, we were incredibly inspired to see the breadth of organizations working to enrich the lives of Black women and girls across the country,” said Michelle McAlisterchief marketing officer at PepsiCo.

“This year, we remain committed to our mission and are excited to carry it forward as we seek to help support this year’s recipients and strengthen the positive impact they are having across the country.

“These organizations are essential and meaningful support systems in our communities, and we are grateful to be able to help.”

2022 PEARL Pledge grant recipients have assignments that address a wide range of topics affecting Black women and girls, including: homelessness, food insecurity, entrepreneur mentoring, mental health, breast cancer awareness and advocacy and after school programs. In addition to having a purpose that aligns with the mission and pillars of the PEARL Pledge, grant recipients were selected based on how they will use the funding to advance their initiatives, among other criteria.

This year’s winners represent 13 cities from the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest regions. They are:

Pearl Milling Company has partnered with an external advisory board, seeking their expertise in areas such as racial and social justice and entrepreneurship in the grant recipient selection process. Advisory board includes entrepreneur, activist and author Eunique Jones Gibsonentrepreneur, television host and speaker Tai Beauchampand social entrepreneur and author Jasmine Crowe.

As the PEARL Pledge remains a vital part of the Pearl Milling Company’s purpose, it also plays a role in advancing PepsiCo’s racial equality journey. The PEARL Pledge is one of many initiatives contributing to PepsiCo’s five-year, more than $400 million investment focused on increasing Black representation at PepsiCo, supporting Black-owned businesses and Black Community Enhancement in the USPEARL Pledge complements PepsiCo’s community investment to drive long-term change by addressing systemic barriers to economic opportunity for Black Americans.

To learn more about the 2022 grant recipients, visit the company’s website and follow them on Instagram.